Aussie Slang - Explained!

Ever wondered sometimes about what those Aussies are actually talking about?? Here we'll try and help out with some examples and explanations of great Aussie slang. EXAMPLE - 'Stone the Crows' - an exclamation of surprise


'a bit gone' - Mad; silly; insane

'act the goat' - To behave foolishly.

'add fuel to the fire' - To make a bad situation worse.

'add insult to injury' - To compound a grievance already committed against someone

'aerial ping pong' - Aussie Rules football.

'all alone like a country dunny' - Without company; alone.

'all dolled up' - Dressed in one's best clothes.

'amber fluid' - Beer.

'ankle-biter' - A toddler.

'apples' - Okay, all right, eg. She'll be apples.

'argue the toss' - To dispute a decision.

'around the twist' - Insane.

'A over T' - (arse over tit), to fall heavily.

'as much chance as pushing shit uphill with a rubber fork' - No chance at all.

'Aussie battler' - The ordinary Australian trying to make ends meet.

'Aussie salute' - The flapping away of ever-present flies from one's face.

'Away with the pixies/birdies' - In another world, day-dreaming, intoxicated.


'back o' Bourke' - remote, sparsely populated country area.

'bad case of the trots' - Diarrohea.

'bad egg' - Undesirable person.

'bad news' - A person likely to cause trouble.

'baffle with bullshit' - Deceive with lies.

'bag of fruit' - Suit (rhyming slang).

'balls-up' - To mess up: a real mix-up; chaotic state of affairs.

'banana-bender' - A Queenslander.

'banged up'  - Pregnant.

'barbie' - Barbecue.

'been had' - Tricked.

'bewdy!' - Expression of jubilation.

'big bickies' - Large sum of money.

'bingle' - Minor car accident.

'bit on the nose' - Smelly.

'bloke' - Man.

'bloody galah' - Silly person; fool.

'blotto' - Very drunk.

'blow shit out of someone' - Reprimand someone severely.

'blower' - Telephone.

'blowie' - Blowfly.

'blow-in' - Uninvited (and usually unwelcome) guest.

'bludge' - Do nothing; be lazy.

'booze-up - Wild party, with plentiful supply of alcohol.

'bored shitless' - Very bored.

'brass monkey weather' - Very cold weather.

'buggered if I know' - Haven't got a clue.


'cark it' - To die.

'carry on like a pork chop' - To behave in a silly way: to overreact.

'catch forty winks' - Have a short sleep.

'charge like a wounded bull' - To set excessively high prices.

'cheap drunk' - One who becomes intoxicated quickly.

'cheesed off' - Very annoyed.

'chuck a leftie' - Turn left.

'chuck a wobbly' - To throw a tantrum.

'clear as mud' - Confusing.

'Coathanger' - Sydney Harbour Bridge.

'cobber'- Friend; mate

'coldie' - A can of chilled beer.

'come a cropper' - To fall heavily: to have a setback.

'come the raw prawn' - Attempt to deceive.

'cop it sweet' - To be lucky.

'couldn't lie straight in bed' - Of compulsive cheat, swindler, liar.

'crikey!' - An expression of astonishment.


'Kath & Kim' terms decoded by the BBC

Chooky: knocking on a bit, looking old

Afternoon delight: PM passion

Clutching at spanners: desperate

Crack of sparrows: early morning

Effluent: Well off

Foxymoron: very attractive woman

Hinkling: a feeling in your waters

Hornbag: Attractive woman

Huffy Puffy: cardio exercise

Hunk ospunk: attractive man

Man bag: Macho accessory

Pacifically: in particular, actually

Ravishing: very hungry

Team with theme: co-ordinate an outfit to the event

Tizzed up: all dressed up

Welcome mat: unsightly body hair on the lower back

Zip your lip: shut up.

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Sam Kopuz
Souvenirs Australia Warehouse