To sound like a true native resident of any place you are a citizen of, it is most important that you master the native slangs and phrases of that place. Australian accent is no exception and it will be a good idea for migrants to know these common Australian slangs. You may be familiar with the words “G’day mate”, “fair dinkum”, “strewth” and many more but you should know that the dialect is much more than that.

Try these words next time to sound like a true aussie

For greetings

G’day – Hi or hello
Hoooroo – See you later/goodbye

Insulting slangs

Pelican – An insult similar to “goose”
Bogan – An uncouth or unsophisticated person
Goose – A light-hearted insult to describe a foolish person
A head like a dropped pie – Describing someone who is unattractive
Flaming galah – An insult used to describe a fool or an idiot
Taking the piss – To make fun of someone or something in a light-hearted way
Tosser – A jerk

Common slangs at work

Blind – Highly intoxicated
Blowing the froth off a few – Drinking alcohol
Bludger – Someone who is lazy or does not work
Buggered – Exhausted
Can’t be arsed – Can’t be bothered to do anything.
Cark it – Die, stop functioning
Carrying on like a pork chop – Someone acting silly or crazy
Chuck a sickie – Taking a day off work or school without necessarily being sick
Chuck a U-ey – To make a U-turn in a vehicle
Chunder – Vomit
Fair shake of the sauce bottle / fair crack of the whip – To give someone a fair go or chance
Dogged it – Didn’t show up
Drop your guts – To pass wind
Fix you up – Pay back money owed
Flat chat – Very busy
Gone walkabout – To go missing or head off without warning
Have a go, ya mug – Used to encourage someone to attempt something, usually if they are unsure
Hungers – Hungover
Not here to f**k spiders – Let’s get the job done
On the cans – Drinking alcohol
Shark biscuit – Someone learning to surf
Shout – To buy the next round of drinks
Smoko – A quick break from work for a cigarette or snack
Spit the dummy – To throw a tantrum
Suss it out – To figure out a tricky or unknown situation

Common reactions

Crikey – An exclamation used to express mild surprise
Cracking the sh*ts – Getting stroppy or angry
Cut – To be angry or upset
Devo – Devastated
Crook – Sick or ill
Dry as a dead dingo’s donga – To be thirsty, usually for alcohol
Etch – Suspicious or sketchy
Festy – Dirty or disgusting
Fair dinkum – An exclamation to proclaim something as true or genuine
Knackered – Tired
Stoked – Very happy
Strewth – Used to express surprise or dismay

To describe someone

Drongo – A stupid or incompetent person
Few roos loose in the top paddock – Someone not very bright or slightly crazy
Frothing – Very keen
Loose cannon – Someone who has no self control
Ocker – Someone with a heavy Australian accent or mannerisms
Tell him he’s dreamin – Used to describe someone with unrealistic expectations
Tickets on yourself – Used to describe someone with an inflated opinion of themselves
Top bloke – A good guy
True blue – Genuine authentically Australian


Brickie – A bricklayer
Chippy – A carpenter
Garbo – A garbage collector
Sparky – Someone employed as an electrician
Tradie – A tradesperson
Truckie – A truck driver


Brolly – An umbrella
Dead horse – Tomato sauce or ketchup
Durry/dart – Cigarette
Flanno – A shirt made from flannelette
Goon bag – The silver pouch inside a cask wine box
Soccer – Football with a round ball, such as the EPL.
Stubby – A can of beer
Stubby holder – An insulated sleeve to keep a beer cold
The lot – An Aussie burger containing meat, lettuce, egg, bacon, pineapple, cheese, beetroot and sauce
Tinnie – A can of beer or a small aluminium boat with an outboard on the back
Thongs – Rubber flip flops
Turps – Alcohol


Chockers – Full to the brim
Arvo – Afternoon
Deadset – Absolute or definite
Defos/def – Definitely
Dog’s breakfast – A mess or a complicated situation
Furphy – A rumour or story, that’s untrue or absurd
Hard Yakka – Hard work
Mates rates – Discount
She’ll be right – Everything will be fine
Suss – Suspicious
Up the duff – Pregnant
Waazoo – Bottom but “up the waazoo” can mean “lots of something”
No wuckin’ furries – A fun way to say “No f*****g worries.” Not a problem or you’re welcome
Footy – Australian Football League (AFL), Rugby Union (Union) or Rugby League (NRL), but not football (see soccer).
Playing for sheep stations – Used either seriously or ironically to describe something as a big deal, or make it not seem so important

A place

Bottle-O – A liquor store
Dunny – Toilet
Maccas – Mc Donald’s
Servo – Service or petrol station

To compliment

Bloody ripper – Really awesome

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