Some Australian Slangs You Must Know

For any international student or a migrant it is difficult to settle at a new place for obvious reasons. What makes it a little simpler are some good people you know. To make friends one need to belong to a place and what better way is there than understanding the lifestyle of people and how they talk. Here are some popular Aussie slangs that you must know to mingle in the crowd.

Expressing yourself

Aggro: Angry

Full on: Intense/Wild

Heaps: A lot or very i.e. ‘heaps good’

No worries: Don’t worry about it/It’s OK

Ordinary/Average: These two words can mean what they’re supposed to, but they can also be a mild insult, indicating that something is of poor quality

She’ll be right: It will be fine

Try hard: Someone annoyingly enthusiastic or who tries too much to please others


Slangs used at school

 Biro: pen

Dodgy: Poor quality/Not reliable/Suspicious

How ya going/How’s it going?: How are you?

How good is that?: This is a rhetorical question so you don’t have to answer. It just means ‘that’s good’

Mobile/Mobes: Cell phone

Rubber: Eraser

Pacer: Mechanical/refillable pencil

Reckon: Think/Figure,/Assume

Uni: University

Wag: To skip class

Zed: The letter ‘Z’


Arvo: The afternoon

ATM: Teller Machine/Electronic banking outlet. Stands for Automatic Teller Machine

Avo: Avocado

Barbie: BBQ

Bikkie: A biscuit

Bottle-o: Liquor store

Breckie: Breakfast

Bucks: Dollars

Budgie Smuggler: A pair of Speedos

Cuppa: A hot beverage

Chemist: Drug store/pharmacy

Dunny: Toilet

Durry: Cigarette

EFTPOS: Machine for electronic (card) payments. Stands for Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale

Esky: Ice cooler

Flat White: Coffee with milk or cream

Footy: Football (the game or the ball)

Goon: Cheap wine in a bag.

Grog run: A trip to go and buy alcohol

Jelly: Jell-O

Knock: To criticise something

Macca’s: McDonald’s

Mate: Friend

Mozzie: Mosquito

Petrol: Gas

Pokies: Poker Machine

Sanga: Sandwich

Servo: Service station/gas station


Straya!: Australia

Stubbie: A bottle of beer

Snag: Sausage

Spud: A potato

Vegies: Vegetables

Woop woop: The name of an imaginary town, used to indicate a place far away/ in the country


Slangs used in office

ASAP: As soon as possible

Bludger: A lazy person

Call it a day: Finish what you’re doing

Fair go: A fair chance

FYI: For Your Information

Give someone a bell/a holler: Call someone on the phone

Lift: Elevator

Moving forward: Thinking about the future/Moving on to the next thing

Reach out: Get into contact with

Sickie: A day off work due to illness (related: Chuck a sickie: To pretend to be sick to get a day off work)

Whinger: Someone who complains a lot.

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