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Australian Slang Words Students Must Know

Australian Slang Words Students Must Know

Created At:06 December, 2018
Created By:Ola Elwassify
Updated At:14 March, 2023
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English slang words vary from one country to another and Australian English sets the perfect example for this. There are plenty of common Australian slang phrases that are widely used among locals. Here, we are introducing you to the Australian slang words you need to know before travelling to Australia:

1. Aussie = Australian

It simply means Australian, someone from Australia. So when Australian people refer to themselves, they say Aussies do so and so.

2. Arvo = Afternoon

Saying arvo instead of the afternoon is one of the most popular diminutives in Aussie slang words.

3. Sickie = Sick Day

One of the most common Australian slang words. Aussies use sickie to refer to a sick day.

4. Servo = Petrol Station

 Or simply, a gas station.

5. Sheila = Girl

Yes, that is the Australian slang for girl.

6. Tinnies = Cans of Beer

But the Australian slang for beer is amber fluid. Some states call it a pint and at others, it is a schooner. Stubby meaning? a squat bottle of beer typically holding 375 cl. Go figure!

7. Beauty! = Beautiful 

If you want to know the Australian slang for beautiful, here it is. It is commonly used to say Great.


8. Hooroo = Goodbye

The Australian slang for goodbye is Hooroo and sometimes they even Cheerio like British people.

9. Bonzer = Excellent

It is the Australian equivalent for the American term awesome. Aussies sometimes use Ace like British people.

10. Chrissie = Christmas

Since Christmas is approaching, it is better to let you know that Aussies call it a Chrissie. Cold seafood Christmas dinners are preferred over hot turkey ones in Australia.

11. Facey = Facebook

Mostly popular among university students in Australia wanting to refer to Facebook.

12. Barbie = Barbeque

You had it coming, didn’t you? This is one of the most common Australian expressions. Aussies also use Maccas for McDonald's, bickies for biscuits, and tucker for food. One of the funny Australian sayings is ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie.’ It is often used as a way to invite someone to your place for lunch. So prepare yourself for an Aussie barbie! 

13. Durry = Cigarette

Durry is the spread Australian term for a cigarette. Among the younger generation, it is often called ciggies or darts. Both ways, stay away from smoking!

14. Bogan = Uncultured  Person

An Aussie bogan is someone who is unsophisticated or crude in a negative way.

15. Billy = Teapot

Yep, unusual isn’t it? A teapot has a nickname!

16. Bloody = Very

You’ll find that Aussies use this one quite a lot rather than simply say “very”.

17. Dunny = Toilet

Yeah, they have a nickname for the toilet too.

18. Sanger = Sandwich

Not “singer”, but “sanger”. This one pretty much refers to any sandwich.

19. Sunnies = Sunglasses

As you’ve noticed, Australians tend to use “ie” at the end of a slang word, and this one, refers to sunglasses. 

20. Tea = Dinner 

We know, we know. This one is quite confusing. Your Australian friend might ask you over for dinner using this word, and you’d think he’s casually inviting you for a cup of tea.

Australian Slang Words are a must-know for international students who want to get the most out of their Australian experience. These Australian slang words will help students expand their vocabulary while learning more about the culture of Australia. 

If you are interested in slangs, try reading our UK Slang Words Every Student Should Know blog article.

If you are interested in slangs, try reading our UK Slang Words Every Student Should Know blog article.

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