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Australian Slang & Unique Phrases


The genesis of Australian slang may date from the earliest days of the colony via the convict population.

Watkin Tench who arrived on the Charlotte with the First Fleet in 1788 wrote "A leading distinction, which marked the convicts on their outset in the colony, was a use of what is called the Flash or kiddy language. In some of our early courts of justice an interpreter was frequently necessary to translate the deposition of the witness and the defence of the prisoner. I have ever been of opinion that an abolition of this unnatural jargon would open the path to reformation. And my observations on these people have constantly instructed me that indulgence in this infatuating cant is more deeply associated with depravity and continuance in vice than is generally supposed."

James Hardy Vaux' Vocabulary of the Flash Language, Australia's first dictionary, penned at Newcastle in 1812, wrote that "to speak good flash is to be well versed in cant terms".

Vaux' Vocabulary lays down many words that can still be found in our language today, e.g.,....croak = to die; bolt = to run. Others have long fallen into disuse e.g., chant = dwelling place; cly-faker = pickpocket.

Just as words from the flash language have disappeared, so too are some slang words disappearing from our language e.g., cobber = mate; blow = to boast. In their place come new words eg., sus = suspicious; blind = drunk. Some of these will fade from common use just as they have before, albeit forever tied to the era, if not place they came from.

There are so many more that could be added to the list below. Missing are those with racial undertones as well as many words and phrases that are crude or offensive. Many new slang words are also not included, partly because they have not stood the test of time but also because they would fill another page!


ABSENTEE - a runaway convict
ACCADACCA - slang for ACDC rock band
ACE - excellent
A BAKER'S DOZEN - 13 of something
A COLD ONE – Beer
ACT THE GOAT - behave foolishly
ADAM'S ALE - water
A DEAD CERT - horse race that is sure to win
AERIAL PING PONG - Australia Rules Football
A FEW STUBBIES SHORT OF A SIX PACK - a little slow
A FEW SANDWICHES SHORT OF A PICNIC - a little slow
A FROG IN THE THROAT - a sore throat
A HAIR PAST A FRECKLE - response when asked the time
AGGRO - aggressive
AIN'T - abbreviation of is not
AIR CON - Air conditioning
AIRY FAIRY - vague
AKUBRA - wide brimmed felt hat
A LEGEND - a great bloke
'ALF A MO - fraction of a second
ALL FROTH AND NO BEER - superficial, no substance
ALL IN - exhausted
ALL THE GO - in vogue
ALL TO PIECES - to fall away
ALL OVER HIM LIKE A RASH - can't keep his hands to himself
ALL YOUR CHRISTMASES HAVE COME AT ONCE - unexpected good luck
AMBO - paramedic
AMSCRAY - scram
ANKLE BITER - child
ANNUAL - a bath
ANTS PANTS - a person who thinks they are just the best
ANY TICK OF THE CLOCK - about to happen soon
ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corp
ANZAC BISCUITS -sent to soldiers in WW1, because they were able to keep for a long time
A PENNY SHORT OF A POUND - someone who is a bit stupid/slow
APPLE ISLE - Tasmania
ARGUE THE TOSS - dispute a decision
ARGY BARGY - argument
AROUND THE TWIST - insane
ARSE OVER TIT - falling over
ARSE WIPE - an idiot
ARVO – Afternoon
A SHINGLE SHORT - wrong in the head
AS SCARCE AS HEN'S TEETH - very rare/ hard to find
AS SMOOTH AS SILK - everything went ok
AS USEFUL AS TITS ON A BULL - useless
AUSSIE SALUTE – Wave to shoo the flies
AUSTRALIA FELIX - Latin for "fortunate Australia" or "happy Australia". The name given by Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell to lush pasture in parts of western Victoria in 1836.
AUSTRALIA'S GOLDEN GIRL - Olympian Betty Cuthbert
AVO - Avocado
AWAKE - to know all
AWAY WITH THE PIXIES - day dreaming
AXLE GREASE - butter
AY? - what did you say?


BAAL - indigenous term for disapproval
BACK BLOCKS - away from the city
BACK OF BEYOND - very far away
BACK OF BOURKE - somewhere out of the way/ isolated
BACK HANDER - to give a bribe
BACK OUT - retreat from difficulty
BACK THE BARRER - to intervene without invitation on a conversation
BAD TROT - period of misfortune
BAD CASE OF THE TROTS - diarrhoea
BAG - to criticise someone behind their back
BAGS - a big quantity
BAGMAN - swagman; tramp
BAIL– To cancel plans.
BAIL UP - secure cattle by means of a bail
BAIL UP - bushranger term. To rob someone
BALD AS A BANDICOOT - having no hair
BALL AND CHAIN - wife; also trouble and strife
BALLS UP - error, bad mistake
BANANA BENDER - coming from Queensland
BAND OF HOPE - lemon syrup
BANGED UP - pregnant
BANGS LIKE A DUNNY DOOR IN A CYCLONE - sexually promiscuous woman
BANJO - shovel
BANTUM - a hot headed person
BARBEQUE STOPPER - a topic of great public interest, esp. political
BARBIE – Barbecue
BARCOO BUSTER - westerly wind outback Qld
BARE BELLIED JOE (EWE) - a ewe with hardly any wool on its belly
BARNEY - dispute; fight
BARRACK - cheer for a sporting team
BARRY CROCKER - a shocker; awful
BASH - wild party
BASH - Someone's ear - talk at length; boring
BASKET CASE - a crazy person
BAT - tool used in two up
BAT - old bat = old woman
BATS - crazy
BATHERS – Swimsuit ; togs, swimmers
BATHURST BURR -; Australian plant; annoying person
BAZZA - Barry
BEAK - nose
BEAK - Magistrate
BEAL - aboriginal drink
BEAN COUNTER - accountant
BEANO - feast
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH - saying a lot without much meaning
BEAT IT - move off quickly
BEAT THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF; - violent thrashing
BEAUTY! – excellent.
BEAUTY BOTTLER - excellent
BEEF - complaint
BEER GUT - fat tummy
BELL TOPPER - tall silk hat
BEYOND THE BLACK STUMP - imaginary isolated place; outback
BIBLE BASHER - vocal about religious convictions
BICKIE - biscuit
BIDDY BIDDY - kind of burr
BIFF - a hard strike around the head
BIG NOTE - to brag about yourself
BIG SMOKE - the city
BIG WIG - authoritative person
BILLABONG – A pond in a dry riverbed
BILLY – can to boil water over open fire
BILLY CART - child's go cart; also billy goat cart
BINDI-EYE - weed with sharp barbs
BINGLE - small car accident
BINT - a woman
BIRD - a quaint person
BIRTHDAY SUIT - naked
BITE - put the bite on; ask for loan
BIT OF A YARN - have a chat together
BITSER - a mongrel dog. A bit of this a bit of that
BLACK TRACKER - Aboriginal used to track criminals
BLIMEY - Exclamation of astonishment
BLIND - drunk
BLIND FREDDY COULD HAVE SEEN THAT- to state the obvious
BLIND FREDDY - if Blind Freddy jumped off a cliff, would you? - don't be a follower
BLOB - a fool
BLOKE - man
BLOODS WORTH BOTTLING - a valuable person
BLOODY – Very. Used to extenuate a point
BLOODY OATH – yes; or it's true.
BLOODY RIPPER - really awesome
BLOTTO - drunk
BLOW - to boast
BLOW A FUSE - lose your temper
BLOWER - telephone
BLOWIE - blow fly
BLOW IN - arriving univited
BLOW ME DOWN - expression of astonishment
BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET - skite
BLUBBER - to cry
BLUDGER – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others
BLUE HEELER - police
BLUEY / BLUE- red head
BLUEY - a blue blanket; a swag
BLUFF - bumptious
BOARDIES - boardshorts
BOB - shilling
BOBBY - a policeman
BOBBY DAZZLER - something very good
BOB'S YOUR UNCLE - everything is ok
BOGAN – uncultured person; uncouth
BOGEY - swimming hole
BOGGED - when vehicle is stuck in mud or sand
BOG IN - eat up!
BOILER - an old woman
BOLTER - runaway convict
BOMB - an old car
BOMBED - high on drugs
BOMBORA - indigenous Australian term for an area of large sea waves breaking over a shallow reef
BOMMIE - shortened verson of above
BONKERS - crazy
BOOFHEAD - fool; idiot
BOOKIE - short for bookmaker
BONZER - awesome
BOOZE BUS – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
BORED SHITLESS - bored to death
BOSS COCKY - employer, supervisor
BOTTLE-O – Bottle Shop, - a place to buy alcohol
BOUNDARY RIDER - stockman who checks fences
BOX - Television
BOX HEAD - a term used to describe Macedonian people
BRASS RAZOO - broke; no money
BREAK THE ICE - to begin
BREATHER - take a rest
BREKKIE - breakfast
BRICKIE - bricklayer
BRIGHT AS A BUTTON - very intelligent
BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY TAILED - in good spirits
BRING A PLATE - contribute to event by bringing a plate of food to share
BRISVEGAS - Brisbane
BROKE - having no money
BROLLY – Umbrella
BRUCE – An Aussie Bloke
BRUMBY - wild horse
BRUMMY - false
BUCK - resist
BUCKLEY'S CHANCE - no chance at all
BUCK UP - to gain courage
BUDGIE SMUGGLERS– Speedos
BUG-A-LUGS - term of endearment to child
BUGGER - bad luck
BUGGER ALL - to have nothing
BUGGER ME - to be surprised
BUGGER OFF - go away; get lost
BUGGERED - exhausted
BULL - a lie
BULLAMAKANKA - middle of nowhere; mythical
BULL DUST - rubbish
BULLSHIT - a lie
BULLSHIT ARTIST - a liar
BUM FLUFF - hair on the face
BUMMER - a cadger
BUMPER - butt of cigarette
BUNDLE, DROP THE - show cowardice
BUNG - to put something in somewhere
BUNG - broken, exhausted. Aboriginal
BUNYIP - mythical outback creature
BUNYIP ARISTOCRACY - an Australian term satirising attempts to develop a titled aristocracy in the NSW government.
BURL - to try anything
BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL - working late
BUSH, THE – in the country away from cities and town
BUSH TELEGRAPH - gossip
BUSTED - caught doing something wrong
BUTT IN - intrude
BUTTINSKI - an intruding person
BUZZ OFF - go away
BY A CAT'S WHISKER - just in time
BYO - Bring your own


CABBAGE HEAD - NSW term for a person from Victoria
CAB SAV – Cabernet Sauvignon
CACTUS – useless, broken
CACKY HANDED - left handed
CADY - hat
CAKE HOLE - mouth
CALL IT A DAY - finish for the day
CALL IT QUITS; - to stop
CAN'T TAKE A TRICK - unlucky
CAPTAIN'S CALL - decision made by a leader without consultation
CAPTAIN COOK - have a look
CARDIE - cardigan
CARK IT - Die
CARRY ON LIKE A PORK CHOP - over react
CAT'S PYJAMAS - very special
CATTLE DUFFER - cattle rustler; stealer of cattle
CHARDONNAY SOCIALIST derogatory for someone who enjoys affluent lifestyle but espouses left wing views
CHARGE LIKE A WOUNDED BULL - charge a high price for something
CHATEAU DE CARDBOARD cask of wine
CHEAP AS CHIPS - very cheap
CHEAP DRUNK - person who becomes drunk quickly
CHECK OUT CHICK - supermarket cashier
CHERIOS - small sausages from delicatesan
CHEESED OFF - annoyed about something
CHEWING THE FAT - have a talk
CHEW IT OVER - talk it over
CHEWY- chewing gum
CHIACK - to tease or jeer
CHICK - girl
CHICK FLICK - a movie that women like
CHICKEN HEARTED - a coward
CHIKO ROLL - deep-fried snack food
CHIN WAG - a long talk
CHIPPIE - carpenter
CHIT-CHAT - a talk
CHOCKA BLOCK – Full
CHOCCY BICKY – Chocolate Biscuit
CHOCKERS - full up
CHOOF OFF - leave
CHOOK– Chicken
CHOOK RAFFLE - held in the local pub
CHOOK SHED – Chicken shed
CHOPPERS - teeth
CHOP UP - division of spoils
CHRISSIE – Christmas
CHROME DOME - a bald man
CHUCK A LEFTY - turn left
CHUCK A SPAZ - angry; tantrum
CHUCK A U-EY - do a U-turn
CHUCK OFF AT - to sneer at
CHUCK UP - vomit
CHUCK A WOBBLY - throw a tantrum
CHUMP - a simpleton
CHUNDER - vomit
CIGGY– a Cigarette
CLAGGED OUT - worn out
CLAP - gonorrhoea
CLAYTONS - substitute for the real thing
CLEAR SKINS (also CLEANSKINS) - unbranded young stock running wild
CLINCH - agree; clinch a deal
CLINER - young unmarried female
CLOBBER - suit of clothes
COCK AND BULL STORY - a tall tale
CLODHOPPERS - heavy shoe or foolish awkward person
CLOUT - hard blow
CLOWN - fool, idiot
CLUCKY – feeling maternal
C'MON AUSSIE C'MON - World Series Cricket slogan
COATHANGER - Sydney Harbour Bridge
COBBER – Very good friend.
COBBER - Chocolate coated caramel lolly
COBBLER - last sheep to be shorn
COCKATOO - a person posted to keep lookout during illegal activities. esp. during two-up
COCKATOO WEATHER - fine by day, rain at night
COCKIE - Native Australian bird
COCKIE - person who owns a small farm
COCKROACH - person from NSW
COCKY'S JOY - golden syrup spread
CODS WALLOP - unbelievable
COLDIE– Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’
COME A CROPPER - to fall; or have a setback
COME A GUSTER - fall heavily
COME-DOWN - a disappointment
COME GOOD - turn out alright
COME TO BLOWS - fight- workers
COMPO - workers' compensation
CONCHIE - conscientious objector during war time
CONK - nose
COOEE - call out (in the bush)
COOEE, NOT WITHIN - figuratively a long way
COOEE MARCH - Recruiting march in WW1
COOK THE BOOKS - falsify accounts
COOT - a person of no account, an outsider
COP IT SWEET - accept defeat with good grace
COPPER - police man or woman
CORKER - proficient or very good
CORNSTALK - born in Australia, in the past of convict parents
CORNSTALK - Victorian name for a person from New South Wales.
COSSIE - swimsuit; togs; swimmers
COULD HAVE BLOWN ME DOWN WITH A FEATHER - expression of astonishment
CORKER - something that is excellent
COTTON ON TO - realise; become friendly
COULDN'T LIE STRAIGHT IN BED - untrustworthy
COVE - an individual
COWARD'S CASTLE -  When parliament is used to vilify, abuse others while under parliamentary privilege
COW LICK - piece of curly hair
CRABS - pubic lice
CRACKS - The best stockmen - the best whip crackers.
CRACKER JACK - a good thing
CRACKER NIGHT - Celebrated on the Queens Birthday long weekend. Now Banned
CRACK A BOO - is to divulge a secret
CRACK HARDY - to suppress feelings
CRACK ON TO - to hit on someone
CRACK ON TO- understand
CRACK UP - become exhausted;
CRACK UP - laughing
CRAPPER - toilet
CRAWCHIE - yabby Qld
CRAWLER - sheep left behind on the road
CREAMED - to be defeated (sport)
CRIB - a house
CRIKEY – an expression of surprise
CROAK - die
CROOK– Being ill
CROOKED AS A DOG'S HIND LEG - criminal connections
CROOK SPIN - run of bad luck
CROPPER - fall; come a cropper
CRUDDY - poor quality
CRUELLED THE PITCH - upset arrangements
CRUST - earn a crust; earn a living
CRY BABY - sook; easily upset
CUNNING AS A DUNNY RAT - very cunning
CUPPA - cup of tea
CUR - cowardly
CURRENCY LADS AND LASSES - The first generation of free children born to convicts in Australia.
CUSHY - easy
CUT LUNCH - sandwiches



DAG – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.
DAGGY - unfashionable
DAGWOOD DOG - frankfurter on a stick that is battered and deep-fried
DAKS– Trousers
DAMPER - bushmans bread cooked on campfire
DANDER - anger
DARLING SHOWER - dust storm in the Riverina
DAZZLER - good looking person
DEAD BEAT - a derelict
DEADSET – True - exactly
DEAD RINGER - exactly the same
DEAD TO THE WORLD - sound asleep
DEANER -shilling
DEAR - expensive
DERO - derelict homeless person
DERRY - to have a grudge; a feud
DEVO – Devastated
DIAL - face
DICKEN - disgust; doubt or disbelief
DICKHEAD - an idiot
DICKY - something of low quality or broken
DIDDLE - to cheat
DIDN'T BAT AN EYELID - gave no reaction to news
DIDNT COME DOWN IN THE LAST SHOWER - not easily duped
DIGGER - Australian soldier also gold digger
DIGS - the place you live
DILL - an idiot
DILLYBAG - small bag
DINGBATS - annoyed; crazy
DINKY DI - genuine
DINKY RIDE - double up on a bike. Passenger
DINKUM - genuine; real
DIPSTICK - loser; fool
DIRTY - angry about an injustice
DISH IT OUT - to serve roughly
DIVVY - divide into portion
DO A HAROLD HOLT - bolt
DO A MELBA - make repeated farewell performances
DOB - report someone to police etc
DOESN'T MISS A TRICK - doesn't miss an opportunity for advantage
DOGGED IT - didn't show up
DOGS BREAKFAST - a total mess
DOLE - unemployment payment
DOING A BRADBURY - winning something against the odds, after Steve Bradbury's win at the Winter Olympics
DOING A BUNK - running away
DONGA - Temporary shelter
DONKEYS YEARS - a long time
DON'T GET YOUR KNICKERS IN A KNOT - don't get upset
DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT THAT - said by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
DOOVERLACKIE - referring to something you don't have a name for
DOE RAY ME - money
DOSS - to sleep
DOUGH - money
DO THE DIRTY - do the wrong thing
DO YOUR BLOCK - lose your temper
DO YOUR LOLLY - lose your temper
DRAG THE CHAIN - lag behind
DRIBS AND DRABS - a little bit at a time
DRIP - fool
DRONGO - moron
DROP A CLANGER - say something embarrassing or inappropriate
DROP BEAR - hoax featuring carnivorous version of a koala
DROP KICK - an idiot; not very smart
DROVER - an experienced stockman, who moves sheep, cattle, and horses over long distances
DROVING - driving or moving a herd or flock over a long distance.
DRUM - a brothel
DRUNK AS A SKUNK - blind drunk
DRY AS A DEAD DINGO'S DONGA - thirsty for alcohol
DUD - a failure
DUDS - trousers
DUFFER - a fool
DUFFER - cattle duffer = cattle rustler
DUMMY - pacifer for baby
DUMPER - breaker in surf
DUNNY - toilet
DUNNO - dont know
DURREY - a cigarette you roll yourself
DUST UP - a fight


EAR BASH - talk non stop
EARLY MARK - let out of school early
EARWIG - eavesdropper
EASY ON - take it easy; slow down
ELBOW GREASE - hard work
EMPTIES - empty beer bottles
ESKY – An insulated container to keep food and drink cold
EUREKA STOCKADE - a battle which took place in Ballarat on 3rd December 1854 after diggers’ opposition to miners’ licenses. Often regarded as the birthplace of Australian democracy
EVEN STEVENS - equal after repaying a debt
EVERY MAN AND HIS DOG - extremely crowded place
EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY - your day will come eventually
EYES LIKE A HAWK - 20/20 vision
EXXY - high price


FAG - cigarette
FAIR CRACK OF THE WHIP - request for fair treatment
FAIR DINKUM – true
FAIR ENOUGH - expression used to concede a point
FAIR GO - to treat someone with fairness and reason
FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE; - be fair
FAIRY BREAD - white buttered bread covered in hundreds and thousands
FEED THE CHOOKS - to hold a press conference; to feed the media
FIELDS OF WHEAT - street
FINGER - an eccentric or amusing person
FIRIE - a fireman
FIT AS A MALLEE BULL - healthy
FIVER - $5 note
FIX YOU UP - pay back money
FIZZ-GIG - police informer
FIZZER - disappointment
FLABBERGAST - astonish
FLAKE OUT - collapse, lie down
FLAMING GALAH - idiot; stupid person
FLASH - showy
FLANNIE / FLANNO – flannelette shirt
FLAT CHAT - doing something quickly
FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD DRINKING - busy
FLAT TO THE BOARDS - busy working
FLICK - get rid of
FLIP YOUR LID - to be angry
FLOGGED WITH A WARM LETTICE, (LIKE BEING) - Paul Keating re John Hewson's debating skills
FLOGGING A DEAD HORSE - a hopeless cause
FLOORED - knocked down
FLUKE - lucky break
FLUMMOX - perplex
FLUTTER - a small bet on the races
FLYING OFF THE HANDLE - angry outburst
FOODIE - lover of gourmet food
FOOTPATH - sidewalk or pavement
FREMANTLE DOCTOR - cooling afternoon wind. Western Australia
FRENCHIE - condom
FRONT UP - to turn up
FROTHING - very keen
FRUIT LOOP - crazy person
FUDGE - to cheat
FUGLY - ugly
FULL OF BEANS - lots of energy
FUNNY FARM - mental hospital
FURPHY - idle rumour. Jewish origin


GABBA - Brisbane cricket ground at Woolloongabbaba
G'DAY – Hello
GALAH – a noisy, stupid person.
GALLOOT - clumsy, foolish man
GAME AS NED KELLY - brave
GAMMON - to deceive
GAMMY LEG - crippled or injured leg
GANDER - take a look
GARBAGE GUTS- greedy
GARBOS - garbage collectors
GAZZOB - a fool or a blunderer
GEEK - take a look
GEE WHIZZ - expressing surprise
GET A GUERNSEY - receive an award
GET A WRIGGLE ON - hurry up
GET DOWN OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE - stop acting superior
GET THE DRIFT - understand
GET ON YOUR GOAT - someone annoying you
GET YOUR DANDER UP - get upset
GIBBER - a rock
GIBBER - GUNYAH - home in a cave; aboriginal
GILGAI - aboriginal word meaning small waterhole
GINGER BEERS - engineers (military)
GINGER MEGS - legs
GIVE IN A CRACK - give it a try
GIVE IT A BURL - give it a try
GIVE US A HEADS UP - let us know
GLORY BOX - box in which a young woman gathers items to use after marriage
GOB - mouth
GOBFUL - abuse
GOB SMACKED - surprise
GO DOWN THE GURGLER - go broke
GOES DOWN LIKE A LEAD BALLOON - a failure
GOING OFF– things are busy
GOING OFF AT- telling someone off
GOING TROPPO - going crazy
GOING WALKABOUT - travelling
GOODIES - treats, usually lollies
GOOD IRON - commendation; from game of quoits throwing the ring over the iron
GOOD 0 - everythings all right
GOOD SPORT - fair person
GOOD ON YA – Good work
GOOG - as full as a goog = drunk
GOOGY-EGG - child's name for a boiled egg
GOOLEY - a stone
GOOLEY - a single bomb dropped from a plane
GOON – flagon of wine
GOOSE - light hearted insult to describe foolish person
GRANNY FLAT - detached building on your property where your mother or father might live.
GREAT SOUTHERN LAND - a single released in1982 by the Australian rock band Icehouse.
GREEN - inexperienced person
GREENIE - environmentalist
GREY NOMAD - retired person who travels Australia usually in a caravan
GROG - alcohol
GROMMET - young surfer
GROUSE - great
GRUB - food
GRUNDIES - underwear/ undies
GUFF - foolish talk
GUFFED - deceived
GUN - expert shearer
GUTLESS WONDER - a coward
GUYVER - pretence; make believe. Jewish origin


HALF ARSED - job that is half done
HALF YOUR LUCK - wishing for the good fortune of someone else
HANGER ON -unwanted person
HANGRY - hungry and angry at the same timeme
HAPPY AS A DOG WITH TWO TAILS - very happy
HAPPY AS LARRY - very happy
HAPPY LITTLE VEGEMITE - very happy
HARD CASE - an amusing or eccentric person
HARD LINES - bad luck
HARD UP - destitute
HARD YAKKA – Hard work
HARD WORD - put the hard word on = make demands
HAVE A BLUE; - have a fight
HAVE A CAPTAIN COOK - have a look
HAVE A GO YA MUG - try harder
HAVE A GOOD ONE - have a good day
HAVEN'T GOT TWO BOB TO RUB TOGETHER - broke
HEAD OVER TURKEY - head over heels
HEAPS – loads, lots, many
HELL FOR LEATHER - fast
HEN'S NIGHT - bachelorette party
HICKS - people who live in the country/bush
HIGH AS A KITE - high on drugs
HIT THE FROG AND TOAD - hit the road - get out!
HOLD YOUR HORSES - request for patience
HOLEY DOOLEY - expression for surprised
HONKER - nose
HOON – bad and fast driver, usually young
HOOROO - see you later
HOT AS HADES - a scorcher of a day
HOT UNDER THE COLLAR - angry
HOW ARE YOU GOING ? - How are you?
HOW WOULD YOU BE? - How are you?
HUMDINGER - remarkable person or thing
HUMPING BLUEY - carrying a swag
HUMPY - bush hut
HUNKY DORY - all's well

I BELIEVE YOU BUT THOUSANDS WOULDN'T - calling out a liar
IDIOT BOX - television
IF BLOOD SHOULD STAIN THE WATTLE - from Henry Lawson's poem Freedom on the Wallaby
IFFY - questionable
I'LL BE A MONKEYS UNCLE - expression of surprise
ILLYWHACKER - confidence trickster
I'M ALRIGHT JACK -don't worry about me
IMSHEE - begone - take yourself off
IN A TIZZ - excited
INKED - drunk
IN LIKE FLYNN - successful (Errol Flynn)
I NEED IT LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD - don't need it at all
IRON LUNG- wouldn't work in an iron lung - extremely lazy
I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME - song written by Peter Allen;; later Qantas theme song
IT'S BETTER THAN A SLAP IN THE BELLY WITH A WET FISH - not as bad as it could be
ITS JUST NOT CRICKET - an unjust or unfair occurrence
IVORIES - teeth
I WOULDN'T BE DEAD FOR QUIDS - a reply to Howya going?

JACK UP - refuse to do something
JACKEROO - cattle station worker
JACKY HOWE - sleeveless, singlet worn by shearers
JAFFAS - chocolate coated orange lollies first made in 1931
JATZ CRACKERS - Rhyming slang for knackers; male genitalia
JELLY CAKES - small cakes covered in jelly and rolled in coconut
JIFFY - a brief period of time
JIGGERED - broken
JINKER - wood carrier; vehicle
JOB - strike a blow
JOE BLAKE - snake
JOE BLOW - an average sort of bloke
JOURNO; - journalist
JUG - prison
JUMBUCK - sheep
JUST ROCK UP - come whenever

KANAKA - labourer from the South Seas
KANGAROO LOOSE IN THE TOP PADDOCK - intellectually challenged
KARK IT - die
KEEP THE BASTARDS HONEST - Slogan for the Democrat Party coined by leader Don Chipp—the "bastards" being the major parties and politicians in general.
KELPIE - short haired Australian bred dog sometimes with part dingo
KENTUCKY SHOUT -; Dutch treat
KERR'S CUR - Gough Whitlam's reference to Malcolm Fraser in 1975
KERO - Kerosene
KICK ARSE - overpower, succeed
KICK OFF - to commence
KICK THE BUCKET - die
KIDDING - deceiving
KIP - take a nap
KNACKERED - very tired
KNICKERS – female underwear
KNOCK; - criticise
KNOCK BACK - refuse something
KNOCKED UP - pregnant
KNUCKLE SANDWICH - punch in the mouth
KNUT - a flash person
KOOKABURRAS - Light Horse men
KOORI - aborigine


LAG - old convict
LAMINGTON - chocolate iced cake rolled in coconut
LAND THE MUSTARD - to win money
LARK - joke
LARRIKIN – young man who’s always up for a laugh; prankster
LEARNING THE HARD WAY - learning from experience
LEERY - a common person
LEGLESS – Someone who is really drunk
LEMON - something useless or in bad repair; car
LID -a hat
LIFE WASN'T MEANT TO BE EASY - Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser quoting George Bernard Shaw
LIGHT HORSE - Australian cavalry
LIGHT ON THE HILL - Australian labour party catch phrase - Ben Chifley
LIKE BILLYO - energetically
LIKE A BLOW FLY IN A PICKLE BOTTLE - agitated
LIKE A RAT UP A RAFTER - very fast
LIKE A RAT UP A DRAINPIPE - very fast
LIKE A SHAG ON A ROCK - stands out; lonely
LIKE A TERRIER - Never gives upup
LINGO - Language
LIPPIE - lipstick
LIQUID AMBER - beer
LIQUID LUNCH - beer only for lunch
LITTLE AUSSIE BATTLER - hard working Australian down on his luck
LITTLE DIGGER - Billy Hughes, Australia's 7th prime minister
LIVING OFF THE SHEEP'S BACK - referring to Australia's prosperity because of the wool industry
LIVE ON THE SMELL OF AN OILY RAG - to live frugally
LOADED - with money; rich
LOLLIES – Sweets
LOLLY WATER- fizzy drink
LONDON TO A BRICK - certainty
LOO - toilet
LOOKED LIKED HE'D SWALLOWED A SHEEP  - carrying too much weight; obese. - Shane Warne 2018
LOOK SEE - have a look
LOOSE CANNON - out of control; unpredictable
LOUIE THE FLY - Mortein advertisement
LUGS - ears


MABO - The Mabo Case was a significant legal case in Australia that recognised the land rights of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands
MACCAS – McDonalds
MAD AS A CUT SNAKE - angry; crazy
MAD AS A GUM TREE FULL OF GALAHS - crazy
MAGGIE - magpie
MAGIC PUDDING - endless resource
MAKE A GALAH OF YOURSELF - behave foolishly
MAKE A QUID - make a living
MATE - term of friendship or greeting
MATILDA - swag
METHO - methylated spiritsts
MEXICAN - someone from Victoria
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - in the outback; far away
MILKO; - milkman
MINTIES - mint flavoured lolly created in 1922
MOB - A way to refer to a group of Aboriginal people who have a connection to one another.
MOB - a lot of cattle
MOLLY DOOKER - left handed person
MONGREL – dispicable person; also flamin' mongrel
MOOLAH - money
MORE MONEY THAN YOU CAN POKE A STICK AT - a rich person
MOZZIE – Mosquito
MUCKING AROUND - joking
MUDDY - mud crab
MUG'S GAME - unrewarding activity
MULLOCK - waste rock or earch
MULLY GRUBBER; - cricket - a ball delivered so that it stays very low after pitching.
MUNCHIES - snack food
MUNGO MAN - discovered in Mungo National Park, New South Wales, lived between 40,000 – 68,000 years ago.
MUSTER - herd livestock


NAME IS MUD; - utterly discredited; of no account whatever
NARKED - to be angered or foiled
NASHO - person who underwent compulsory military training
NEENISH TART - small cream pastry with icing on top
NEVER NEVER - the outback
NEWBIE - new person at work
NEW CHUM - a young man sent out to Australia to gain some experience of life in the colonies
NICK - steal
NICK OFF - go away
NIGEL - someone who has no friends
NINCOMPOOP -fool
NING NONG - Sometimes abbreviated to nong - someone who has done something stupid or clumsy
NIPPER - young surf life saver
NIT WIT - silly person
NOAH'S ARK - shark
NO BUTS ABOUT IT - no dispute
NO DRAMA – No problem / it’s ok
NO FLIES ON - quick witted person
NOGGIN - head
NO HOPER - some who will never do well; a loser
NONG - a simple person
NOSH; - food
NOSY PARKER - sticky beak
NOT BACKWARD IN COMING FORWARD - confident, brash person
NOT FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA - not at any price
NOT HAPPY JAN - Yellow pages advertisement
NOT ON YOUR NELLIE - under no circumstances
NOT WHAT IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE disappointing
NOT THE FULL QUID - lacking in intelligence
NO WORRIES -No problem, it’s ok
NUDDY – Naked
NUMBER CRUNCHER - accountant
NUT OUT - to work out a problem
NUTTY AS A FRUIT CAKE - crazy


OARSOME FOURSOME - nickname of Australian Olympic men's rowing crew
OCKER - rough uncultivated man
OFFSIDER - a bullock-driver’s assistant who walks on the off-side of the team and flogs the bullocks on that side when needed
OFF THE PLANET - taking drugs
OI - used to get someone's attention or to convey annoyance
OI OI OI - Chanted three times after "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, - cringeworthy national sporting cry.
OKEY DOKEY - ok
OLD CHEESE - mother
OLDIES - parents
OLIVER IN TOWN- Oliver used to mean moon. This expression meant it was unfavorable night for burglars
ON A GOOD WICKET - successful
ON A STICKY WICKET - in trouble
ON THE BLINK - broken
ON THE NOSE - smelly
ON THE RAG - period
ON THE WALLABY TRACK - tramping the outback
ONYA BIKE - Get on ya bike - tell someone to leave
ON YOUR PAT MALONE - on your own
ONE ARMED BANDIT - poker machine
ONE FOR THE ROAD - the last drink at the pub before you leave
ONYA - good on you
OP SHOP - opportunity shop; second hand goods
OUTBACK - interior of Australia; dry, unpopulated
OUT TO IT - dead drunk
OVERLANDER - stockman who herds cattle over great distance
OVER THE RIVER - signifying good-bye
OZ - Australia


PACK OF GALAHS - group of no hopers
PADDY MELON - small marsupial similar to wallaby. From the Aboriginal word badimaliyan
PANIC MERCHANT - person who panics easily
PANNIKIN - undersized quart pot
PARALYTIC - drunk
PART UP - to pay
PASH – a long kiss
PASS OVER THE GREAT DIVIDE - to die
PASS THE BUCK - pass the blame to someone else
PAVLOVA - meringue dessert
PAY OUT - to make fun of
PAY THROUGH THE NOSE - pay too much
PEACOCKED IT - get the best bits
PEB - a tough; a larrikin; an appreviation of pebble
PEGGED OUT - died
PERV - looking surreptitiously at the opposite sex
PETROL HEAD - someone who loves cars; drives fast
PICK THE EYES OUT OF IT - get the best bits
PICKLED - drunk
PIECE OF CAKE - easy
PIGS - derogatory term for police
PIG'S ARSE - not true
PIG STICKER - bayonet (WW1)
PIKER - someone who leave a party early
PIPPED AT THE POST - beaten at the last minute
PISS OFF – go away, get lost
PISS UP – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions
PISSED – Intoxicated, Drunk
PISSED OFF – Annoyed
PLAY FUNNY BUGGERS - act in a silly or sly way
PLAY SILLY BUGGERS - as above; mucking about
PLAYING POSSUM - pretending to be asleep; keeping quiet
PLAYING FOR SHEEP STATIONS - used ironically to describe something as a big deal
PLAYING WITH FIRE - tempting fate
PLEASE EXPLAIN - Said by Pauline Hanson, founder of the anti-immigration One Nation Party, on being asked in October 1996 on the television show 60 Minutes if she was xenophobic.
PLONK; - cheap wine
PLUGGERS - cheap rubber thongs
POKE MULLOCK - to deride, to tease
POLLY - Politician
POKIES - Poker machines
POMMY - person born in England
POMMY SHOWER - not using a shower with water, just using deodorant
PONG - bad smell
POOR FELLOW MY COUNTRY - A novel by Xavier Herbert re wasted opportunities of Australia to build a just and independent country; recently, a comment on the political state of the country
PORKY PIES - lies
PORT - suitcase
POSSUM, STIR THE - cause controversy
POSTIE -- postman
PRAD - a horse
PRANG - car accident
PREZZIE - gift
PRINCE ALBERTS -socks
PULL A SWIFTIE - do something dishonest
PULL SOMEONE'S LEG - play a trick; a joke
PULL THE WOOL OVER SOMEONEEYES - deceive someone
PULL YOUR HEAD IN - be quiet; leave off
PURE MERINO - first class
PUT A SOCK IN IT - be quiet
PUT THE BOOT IN; - attack someone when they are already down


QUACK - doctor without qualifications
QUID - 1 pound note
QUIET AS A MOUSE - very quiet


RABBITING ON - talking endlessly
RACK OFF – go away
RAFFERTYS RULES - no rules at all
RAGE - party
RAINING CATS AND DOGS -heavy rain
RANGA - offensive term for red headed person
RAPT – Very happy
RAT BAG - cheeky, unpredictable person
RAW PRAWN, DON'T COME THE - don't try to fool
RAZOO - non existing coin
RAZOR GANG - violent criminal gang in Sydney
RAZOR GANG - government committee to reduce spending
RECKON – believe
REG GRUNDIES - undies
RELLIE – Relatives
REMITTANCE MAN - shady Englishman usually of good family sent out to Australia and paid an allowance by his family so long as he remains
RIDGIE DIDGE - true
RIGHTO - OK
RINGER - fastest shearer in the shed
RING IN - substitute
RIP OFF - item that costs more than it should
RIPPER– excellent
RIPSNORTER - excellent
ROCK UP - turn up unannounced
ROO - kangaroo
ROONED - ruined
ROOT FOR - barrack for a team
ROOTED – tired
RORT - scam
ROSES RED - bed
ROUGH END OF THE PINEAPPLE - raw deal
ROUGH END OF THE STICK - bad side of a deal
ROUGH NUT - unsopisticated person
ROUSEABOUT - odd job man on station esp. shearing time
RUG UP - dress warmly
RUG RAT - child
RUN AROUND LIKE A CHOOK WITH ITS HEAD CHOPPED OFF - race around getting nowhere
RUNNERS – trainers, sneakers
RUST BUCKET - old car
RYBUCK (RIBUCK) - correct or genuine. Jewish origin
RYBUCK SHEARER - expert shearer


SALTIE - saltwater crocodilele
SAND GROPER - person from Western Australia
SANDY BLIGHT - eye complaint
SANDSHOES - sneakers
SANGER - sandwich
SAO -charity biscuit - it used to be handed out by Salvation Army Officers
SAY IT DON'T SPRAY IT - WE WANT THE NEWS NOT THE WEATHER - don't spit when talking
SCAB - abusive; non union worker
SCHOOLIES - week after year 12 finish school spent partying
SCORCHER - very hot day
SCRUBBER - promiscuous woman
SEE A MAN ABOUT A DOG - go to the toilet
SELECTOR - farmer who is was allowed to occupy a small portion of a squatter's holding and farm it
SERVO – Service Station / Garage
SHAG - to have sex
SHAGGIN' WAGON - panel van
SHANK'S PONY - on foot
SHARK BAIT -person swimming out further than others
SHARP AS A TACK - smart person
SHAZZA - Sharon
SHEILA – A woman
SHE'LL BE APPLES - all will be ok
SHICER - barren mine. Yiddish. Gold rush days
SHICKERED - drunk. Jewish origin
SHINDIG - party
SHIRALEE- swag
SHIRT-FRONTING - confront an opponent eg football. Brought back in use by Tony Abbott
SHIVOO - a party
SHONKY - of poor quality
SHOOT THROUGH – To leave
SHOUT - buy a drink for others in a pub
SHOW PONY person who shows off
SHOW THE ROPES - show how things are done
SHYPOO - a sly grog shop
SICK AS A DOG - very sick
SICKIE – or ‘pull a sickie’- take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
SILLY AS A TWO BOB WATCH - act silly
SILLY SAUSAGE - silly person
SILVERTAIL - rich person
SINK THE BOOT IN - attack someone who is down
SIX OF ONE, HALF DOZEN OF THE OTHER - whatever decision you make will not likely affect the outcome of the situation
SKEDADDLE - go away; leave
SKERRICK - the smallest bit
SKEWIFF - askew
SKINT - no money
SKITE - boast
SKULL – To down a beer
SKY THE RAG - give in; throw a towell into the air in token of surrender
SLAB – A carton of beers
SLACK - lazy
SLAG - promiscuous woman
SLAP UP - good
SLEDGE - to needle a player - on the cricket field etc
SLEEP OUT - verandah used as sleeping quarters
SLEPT LIKE A LOG - had a sound sleep
SLICK - quick
SLIP SLOP SLAP - Cancel Council slogan
SLIPPERY AS AN EEL - sly character
SLOUCH HAT - hat worn by Australian soldiers
SLOW AS A WET WEEK - too slow
SLY GROG - illegal alcohol
SMART ALEC - someone who thinks they know everything
SMART ARSE - some who thinks they know everything
SMOKES LIKE A CHIMNEY - heavy smoker
SMOKO - morning/ afternoon tea break
SMOOGE - to cringe; to fawn. Jewish origin
SMOOGER - one who fawns
SNAG – Sausage
SNAGGER - a shearer who rushes, shearing a sheep roughly
SNAKE JUICE - strong drink
SNAKE-HEADED - quarrelsome in his cups
SNOWED UNDER - having a lot of work to do
SNUFF - to die
SO LONG - signifying good-bye
SOOK - coward
SOOL - to incite; time for a player or jockey or boxer to put forth his utmost effort to win
SOUTHERLY BUSTER - cool wind change after a hot day. NSW
SPARKIE - electrician
SPEEDO - speedometer on car
SPEND A PENNY - go to the toilet - (female)
SPEWIN' - angry; disappointed
SPILL YOUR GUTS - tell all
SPIT THE DUMMY - tantrum
SPITTING CHIPS - angry, frustrated
SPONGER - a bludger
SPUNK - sexually attractive person
SPRAG - to accost truculently
SPREAD - food on table
SPRUIK - deliver a long harangue about nothing in particular
SPUD - potato
SQUATTER - person who occupies uninhabited land or building
SQUIZ - have a look
STANDOVER MAN - extortionist
STARKERS- naked
STEADY ON - slow down
STICKY BEAK - nosy person
STILL KICKING - still alive
STINKER - very hot day
STOKED – Happy, Pleased
STOLEN GENERATION - referring to aboriginal children taken from their families
STONE THE CROWS - expression of amazement
STONEY BROKE - having no money
STONKERED - very drunk
STOP FAFFING AROUND - don't waste time
STOUCH - fight
STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN - honest person
STRAPPED FOR CASH - short of money
STRAYA – Australia
STRETCH - name for a tall person
STRIDES - trousers
STRIFE - trouble
STRIKE A LIGHT exclamation of disappointment
STRINE - Australian Slang
STINGER - jellyfish
STRINGY-BARKER - small farmer
STRAIGHT TO THE POOL ROOM - something highly valued
STUBBY – a bottle of beer
STUBBY HOLDER – keeps the beer cold
STUFFED – Tired
STUNNED MULLET - shocked look
SUCH IS LIFE - expression or resignation to life's misfortunes
SUCKED IN - tricked
SUNDOWNER - itinerant worker/ swagman who often appeared at stations at sunset in search of work
SUNNIES– Sunglasses
SUSS - Suspicious
SUSS IT OUT - To figure out a tricky situation
SWAG – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag.
SWEET AS - awesome


TAKE A TUMBLE - to understand, comprehend
TAILORS - machine made cigarettes
TA - Thanks
TEA – Dinner
TAR BOY - in a shearing shed, a boy who had the job of dabbing antiseptic Stockholm Tar on cuts on sheep
TALL POPPY - successful person
TART - promiscuous woman
TELL HIM HE'S DREAMING - unrealistic expectations
TELL YOUR STORY WALKING - Whatever you have to say, say it while you are leaving.
TERRA NULLIUS - A concept in international law meaning 'a territory belonging to no-one' or 'over which no-one claims ownership'.
THAT'S NOT A KNIFE - THIS IS A KNIFE - Crocodile Dundee
THE ALICE - Alice Springs, Northern Territory
THE BLACK LINE - 1830 - settler force attempted to corral Aboriginal people on the Tasman Peninsula
THE DREAMING - A western term used to describe the Aboriginal spirituality system.
THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE - The middle class - Robert Menzies
THE LONG PADDOCK - an historic web of tracks linking stock-breeding areas of inland NSW and Queensland etc
THE LUCKY COUNTRY - coined by Donald Horne with intent was to portray Australia's climb to power and wealth as based almost entirely on luck rather than strength of political or economic system. Has come to have a different meaning over the years.
PUSH - a band of larrikins
THE SYDNEY PUSH - The Sydney Push was a predominantly left-wing intellectual subculture in Sydney from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.
THERE'S MOVEMENT AT THE STATION - first line Banjo Paterson's from the Man from Snowy River - now sometimes used to signify beginning of change
THE STRAIGHT GRIFFIN - the truth; secret reliable information
THINGAMAJIG - a thing
TINNY – Can of beer or small boat
THICK AS A BRICK - dull; slow witted
THICK AS TWO PLANKS - dull; slow witted
THONGS – Flip Flops.
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND - close to being drunk
THUNDER BOX - toilet
TICK  - debt
TICKETS ON YOURSELF - to have a high opinion of oneself
TICKLE THE TILL - rob someone
TICKLED PINK - very pleased
TICKLER  - difficult to understand; puzzle
TIGHT ARSE - stingy person
TIN DISH - signifying good-bye
TIN LIDS rhyming slang for kids
TIP - garbage dump
TO CLOCK - to strike with the fist
TOE RAGGER - short sentence man
TOGS - swimsuit, swimmers, bathers
TO HAVE WHITE ANTS (Qld) - wrong in the head
TOOL - idiot, male
TOO RIGHT - agreeing
TOOTSY - foot; toe
TOP BLOKE - a good guy
TOP END - Northern Territory
TOSSER - a jerk
TOSS IN THE ALLEY - give up the ghost; die
TRACKIE DAKS - tracksuit pants
TREE HUGGER - environmentalist
TRUE BLUE - patriotic ; genuine Australian
TUCKER – Food
TUG - a rogue; rough uncouth fellow
TURN IT ON - provide beer at a party
TWO UP – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
TWO BOB'S WORTH - an opinion

UGG BOOTS - sheep skin lined boots
U-IE – to take a U-Turn when driving
UNDERGROUND MUTTON - rabbit
UNDER THE WEATHER - hungover
UNREPRESENTATIVE SWILL - Paul Keating's description of the Senate
UP SHIT CREEK - in trouble
UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE - in trouble
UP THE DUFF - pregnant
UP THE SPOUT - gone; finished
UP THERE CAZALY - encouragement call
UP TO MUD - worthless, useless, no good
UP TO PUSSY'S BOW - couldn't eat anything more
UP YOURSELF - person who has high opinion of themselves
UTE - Utility car


VEE DUB - volkswagon car
VEGIES - vegetables
VERBAL DIARRHOEA - non stop talk
VILLAGE BIKE - promiscuous woman
VOLLEYS - sandshoes


WAFFLE - talk at length
WAGGING - plaing truant from school
WALKABOUT - indigenous journey; rite of passage
WALK TO BOURKE BACKWARDS - Bob Katter re the gay population in North Qld.
WALLY - forgetful person
WALTZING MATILDA - carrying a swag
WELL MAY WE SAY 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN', BECAUSE NOTHING WILL SAVE THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL - Gough Whitlam in 1975 at the dismissal
WELLIES - wellington boots
WERE YOU BORN IN A TENT? - Shut the door!
WET AS WATER - ineffective
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A CRUST? - what do you do for a living?
WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS? BUSH WEEK? exclamation when someone does something wrong
WHAT'S THE DAMAGE? - how much is owed?
WHAT'S YOUR POISON? What would you like to drink
WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU? -advertising campaign launched by Tourism Australia in 2006
WHIPPERSNAPPER - a child
WHIP THE CAT - cry over spilt milk
WHIZZ BANG - German shell (WW1)
WHOOPDY DO - big deal; sarcastic
WHOPPER - a lie
WIDGIE - female youth, subculture
WILLIES - a feeling of disquiet
WITCHETTY GRUB - bush tucker
WITHIN COOEE - Within ear shot
WOG - a flu or virus
WOMBAT TRAIL - election campaign trail by leaders of the National Party
WON'T HAVE A BAR OF - refuses to take part
WOOP WOOP - the back of nowhere; fictitious
WOULDN'T GIVE THE TIME OF DAY - dismissive
WOULDN'T TOUCH IT WITH A TEN FOOT POLE - having nothing to do with it
WOWSER - boring conservative person; killjoy
WRAP YOUR LAUGHING GEAR 'ROUND THAT - to eat something
WUSS - weak ineffectual


YABBER - talk a lot
YABBY - small freshwater crayfish
YACKA - YAKKER - work; hard yacka. Jewish origin
YA – You
YEAH - NAH = No
YIKE - (getting into a ) dog-fight (RAAF)
YOBBO - uncouth, usually male
YONKS - very long time
YOUR SHOUT - turn to buy a drink
YOUS – (youse) plural of you!


ZAC - sixpence
ZILCH - nothing
ZIT - pimple
ZONKED - tired


NOTES AND LINKS

1). Kiddy, a diminutive of kith, was applied to a thief of the lower order who dresses in the extreme of vulgar gentility. Flash and kiddy the spoken words, were identical

2) Cant derives from the Latin cantus = song, probably referring originally to the chanting of beggars

3). 1811 Dictionary in the Vulgar Tongue Author: Francis Grose - Project Gutenberg

4). A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson: In New South Wales ... By Watkin Tench