The Dictionary of (Stralyan) Australian Speak

AGRO Anger; angry

APPLE ISLE Another name for Tasmania

ARKAROO An aboriginal word for snake

ARVO Afternoon

AUSSIE (pronounced Ozzy) Australian

AVAGOODWEEGEND Enjoy your weekend.

BACK OF BEYOND Refers to any place that is really far away,
especially places far away in the outback

BANANA BENDER Queenslander (A person from the state of Queensland)

BANANALAND Queensland

BEAUT Applied to something which is exceptional in its class

BEWDY Expression of full agreement and approval

BICKIE A dollar

BIKKIE Biscuit

BILLABONG Waterhole; backwater; pond

BILLMAREE A sickness an aborigine can get from breaking a dreamtime
law or command

BILLY Tin container for boiling water to make tea

BITSER Mongrel dog

BLOKE Man

BLOODY All-purpose semi-profanity

BOBOKA Aborigine word for frog

BOOMA Wonderful ; “It was a booma of a day”

BOOMER Used to describe anything large

BOONGAREE Aborigine word for tree kangaroo

BO PEEP, TO TAKE A
A quick look around

BREKKY Breakfast

BRISSIE Brisbane, or someone who comes from Brisbane (Pronounced
Brizzy)

BRUCE A man

BRUMBY Wild horse

BUDGIE Budgerigar; Native Australian bird; member of the parrot
family {also called Grass Parakeet}

BULULKIYA Aborigine term used to describe any place inhabited by unseen
spirits or supernatural creatures

BUNYIP Mythical creature inhabiting billabongs

CHOOK Chicken

COBBER Friend

COME A GUTSER Making a bad mistake

COOLABAH A type of box eucalyptus tree

CORROBOREE An aborigine word for a ceremonial dance, now used to
describe any get together

CRASH HOT Very good ; “He didn’t do too crash hot in the game”
[Western Australia]

CROOK Something broken, sick, or no good

CROW-EATER South Australian

CUPPA Short for a cup of tea

DAG Idiot

DILL Anyother term for somebody who is a fool or does something
foolish

DINKI DI Unmistakably Australian; also the whole truth : “yeah! It
was a dinky di gold nugget!”

DINKUM Genuine or honest (Also Fair Dinkum)

DON’T YOU WORRY ABOUT THAT
Don’t worry, (I’ll get off this charge) [Queensland]

DRONGO A born loser

DUFFER A cattle thief or rustler

FAIR GO A reasonable chance

FLAMING Another all-purpose semi-profanity

FLAT OUT To go as fast as possible

FOOTY Short for Football (Australian Rules Football)

FOSSICK To go prospecting or exploring for valuables

G’DAY Greeting; hello

GOODONYA Congratulations; well done.

GRIZZLE To complain

GROG Alcoholic beverages

GROUSE Brilliant; excellent. [Victoria]

GURRIDA Aborignal word for the dead

HOOROO Farewell; goodbye

JACKEROO Outback cowboy

JILLEROO Outback cowgirl

JOEY Baby kangaroo

JUMBUCK Sheep

KANGAROOS IN ONE’S TOP PADDOCK, TO HAVE
To show signs of mental weakness

KIWI New Zealander

LARRAKIN Mischievous person

MATE Friend

MATILDA Parcel made by wrapping one’s belongings inside a blanket

MEAT PIE, AS AUSTRALIAN AS
Unmistakably Australian

MINT Brilliant; excellent. Also, MINTER, MINTEST
[Western Australia]

MINTOX Even better than mint. [Western Australia]

MOB A group

NEVER NEVER The desert of the far outback or just anyplace very remote

NICK To steal something

NO WORRIES All purpose phrase, usually a response when someone asks
how things are going

OCKER Country bumpkin or someone ignorant (Also refer’s to
‘blue collar’ workers, with a particular strain of accent)

OTHER SIDE OF THE BLACK STUMP
Way outback, even further than never never or back of beyond

OUTBACK The bush or the wilderness

OWERYAGOINGMATORRIGHT?
How are you?

POINT THE BONE AT, TO
To blame

POM British person (also Pommy)

PRANG An accident

QUAKY ISLES New Zealand

RAPT Very happy with; “He’s rapt!”

RAW PRAWN, TO COME THE
To try to deceive someone

RAZOO OR BRASS RAZOO
an Australian coin; also an expression of ignorance
“he couldn’t give a brass razoo about it”

RIPPER Something really good

ROO Kangaroo

RUM No good

SANDGROPER West Australian

SHE’S COOL Everything is fine; everything is alright

SHEILA a woman

SHOOT THROUGH To leave quickly

SHOUT To buy something for someone, usually a drink

SILK SHIRT ON A PIG
A waste or something useless

SQUATTER Someone who occupies owned land illegally

STATION Large farm or ranch

STREWTH! All purpose abbreviation for “it’s the truth”; also
expression of surprise

SUNBURNT COUNTRY, THE
Australia

SUNDOWNER Wanderer or tramp

SWAG Bedroll and all the worldly goods of the swagman

SWAGMAN Vagabond, tramp

TA Thankyou

TASSIE Tasmania

TASWEGIAN A person from Tasmania (Also Tasmanian)

TELLY Television

TERRITORIAN One from the Northern Territory

TRUE BLUE DINKI DI
Unmistakably Australian

TUCKER Food

TYKE Dog

UP A GUMTREE State of confusion

WALKABOUT To take a hike in the outback, sometimes for a very long
time

WEAGLE A player/supporter of the West Coast Eagles football team

WESTRALIA Western Australia

WESTRALIAN Someone from Western Australia

WHACK, TO GET A
To get a fair share

WILLY WILLY Natural whirlwind or dust twister

WOOP WOOP Imaginary place which is a byword for backwardness
and remote-ness

WURLEY An aboriginal temporary shelter

YABBER To talk

YAKKA Work

YARRA Insane

YOBBO Idiot; Larrakin

YONKS A long time; “Haven’t seen you in yonks”