Slang

NEW!!    Learn Aussie Slang!

A unique part of Australian culture is our use of slang words and phrases.  We may speak English, but if you're not a local, I guarantee you that you'll be stumped by some of the stuff you hear.  To help you out, I'll be posting a slang word/phrase of the week, along with its definition and how to use it in a sentence.  You might want to take some notes before your next trip to Australia, so that you're not left out of the loop!


  • Go Crook
    • To become angry
    • Dad's going to go crook when he finds out you threw up in the back of his car.  Note:  not to be confused with 'feeling crook'.  Stay tuned for this definition.
  • Ripper
    • Excellent, splendid, admirable thing or person
    • His new car's a ripper!  Note:  not to be confused with 'ripping out a fart'.  Stay tuned for this definition.
  • Cactus
    • Dead, not functioning
    • This bloody washing machine is cactus!
  • Give it a burl
    • Try it, have a go
    • I've never tried bungee jumping, but I reckon I'd give it a burl!
  • Ropeable
    • Very angry, furious
    • After seeing that his car had been nicked (stolen), my mate was ropeable!
  • Stickybeak
    • Nosy person
    • My neighbour is such a stickybeak, she knows all my visitors by name!
  • Knackered
    • Tired, exhausted
    • After a day of walking around the zoo in the sun, I was totally knackered!
  • Yakka
    • Work (noun)
    • Digging ditches in the summer is bloody hard yakka!
  • Shout
    • To treat someone (usually to a drink); to pay for someone else
    • Barry got the last round, so this one's my shout
  • Come a gutser
    • To have an accident, make a bad mistake
    • Davo (David) come a gutser on his pushbike (bicycle) because he didn't see the big pothole in the road.
  • Barrack
    • To cheer on, to support
    • I'm going to barrack for the Aussie swim teams during the Olympics!
  • Cark It
    • To die, to cease functioning
    • My old car picked rush hour on the freeway to cark it!
  • Click
    • Kilometre
    • The pub's about 10 clicks down this road, on the right.
  • Bonza
    • Excellent, awesome, great
    • I thought Crocodile Dundee was a bonza movie.
  • Chook
    • Chicken
    • Davo (David) is so busy, he's been running around all day like a headless chook.
  • Togs*
    • Swimming suit, bathing costume
    • I was in such a rush to go swimming at the beach that I already had my togs on!  *Note:  can also use the term Cozzie.
  • Arvo
    • Afternoon
    • I'll be 'round your place later this arvo for a cuppa and a chinwag.*            *Note:  stay tuned for this definition.
  • Chinwag
    • Chat, gossip
    • Every Friday arvo, I stop at my mate's place for a cuppa and chinwag.
  • Bludger
    • Lazy person, someone who always relies on other people
    • When the boss caught everyone in the breakroom, he yelled "get back to work, you bludgers!"
  • Feeling crook
    • Sick, unwell
    • After a night on the grog with his mates, Bazza was feeling crook.
  • Drongo
    • Unintelligent person, a dope (a friendly insult)
    • Davo is such a drongo, he locked his keys in his truck again!
  • Galah
    • Fool, silly person.  (Named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes)
    • Geoff is acting like a big galah in that crazy hat he's wearing!
  • Esky
    • Cooler, a large insulated container for food/drinks
    • Bazza, the drongo, left the esky full of beers on the beach when he and his mates went fishing.
  • Brekkie
    • Breakfast
    • A big, hot brekkie is a bonza way to start the day!
  • Fair Dinkum
    • True, genuine
    • Our mate Simmo is a fair dinkum Aussie, right down to his singlet and thongs!  (Can also be used by itself as a question, meaning "Is that so?")
  • Chockers or Chock-a-block
    • Full, crowded
    • I left all my Christmas shopping until the last minute, but the car park was chock-a-block and I couldn't find a place to par!

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