How Well Do You Know Your Aussie Slang?

Our guide to decoding brekkie, brolly, and more only-in-Australia lingo.

When you go local, it’s always fun to know a little of the lingo. If you’re headed to Australia, we’ve compiled a list of colloquialisms you might hear – or feel like trying out – while you’re down under, Now, get out there and have a fair dinkum time.


Ace: Awesome!

Arvo: Afternoon

Barbie: Barbecue

Bewdy: Great

Bloke: Man

Bob’s your uncle: And there you have it

Bottle-O: Liquor store

Brekkie: Breakfast

Brolly: Umbrella

Budgie smugglers: Men’s swimwear

Crack onto somebody: To hit on, or make a move on, someone

Fair dinkum: True, genuine, unquestionably good; or, “honestly?!”

Footy: Australian rules football

Hard yakka: Hard work

Hooroo: Goodbye

Grommet: A young surfer

Pash: A long passionate kiss

Ripper: Great, fantastic, excellent

Sanger: Sandwich

Sheila: Woman

Spit the dummy: Throw a tantrum

Stone the crows!: You’re kidding!

Sunnies: Sunglasses

Struth!: Surprise!

Ta: Thank you

Tinnie: A can of beer (a bottle is a stubby)

Woop woop: In the middle of nowhere




Article courtesy of Virtuoso. 

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