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Common Australian slangs and their meanings you should know

Australian slangs are popular worldwide and found to be unique among others. Use of slang in general communication is common among Australian society. Slang is a term used to represent word or phrases used in speaking which is considered informal and can be offensive to hear if the listener isn’t from the community not speaking particular slang. Use of slang is very common in a speech in Australia.

If you are an international student, a visitor to Australia or anyone visiting the Australian land it’s always smart to learn and know some common Australian slangs so that you won’t get lost when you hear these around.

This blog post contains the most common Aussie slang. This list is compiled from different sources and is meant for educational purposes only. Full source can be found at the bottom of the article.

List of common Australian Slangs

a cold onebeer
arvoafternoon
avoavocado
balls upmessed
bananasangry and angry
barbieBarbecue
bashparty
betchaI bet
biccybiscuit
bloodyvery
boganvery traditional
boozera pub
bottle-oliquor shop
brekkybreakfast
bushhills/ beyond the city
bushwalkingwalking among the bushes
BYObring your own
cabbiecab driver
chewiechewing gum
chippiecarpenter
chokkiechocolate
chookchicken
chrissieChristmas
coldiebeer
defodefinitely
dinkumreal
docketbill/ receipt
dunnytoilet
durrycigarette
faceyFacebook
fellamale, person
footyAustralian football
G’dayGood day, hello
good on yagood work
have a cuppahave a cup of tea/coffee
heapsa lot, many
knickersfemale underwear
lippielipstick
lolliessweets
maccasMcDonald’s
matefriend
no dramano problem
no worriesno problem
op shopsecond-hand store
ozAustralia
pashto kiss
piss offgo away
pisseddrunk
pot holehole in the road
reckonfor sure
regovehicle registration
rightright on
runnerstrainers, sneakers
servogas station
sheilawoman
sickawesome
sickieday off of sick
smokocigarette break
strayaAustralia
stuffedtired
sunniessunglasses
take a leakvisit toilet
teadinner
thongsflip flops/ sandals
true bluetrue Australian
uniuniversity
YaYou

This list will be further updated in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about Australian Slang

Why do Aussies use slang?

Australians use a lot of slangs as they are socially grown in hearing and speaking slang. Primarily to be quick and save time!

What do Aussies call their friends?

mate

How do you say friend in Australian slang?

Although there are different words for friend in Australian slang, some common are:
mate, bloke, bogan etc

Why do Aussies say ta?

Ta is used to say Thank you or thanks a lot

How do you say goodbye in Australian slang?

Catch you later
See ya
See you later

Useful link:

Facts about Australia: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/Why-Australia/facts-about-studying-in-australia