- babbling brook
- a cook
rhyming slang: babbling brook for cook
- that part of someone's body that you should keep off of
People who get on your back are trying to persuade you to do something against your will; who nag at you; who harp on the subject of your deficiencies.
Get off my back, will ya?
- 1 a long way out in the bush
- 2 the outer suburbs of a city
aussie slang since the 1860s
- an insolent answering back
aussie slang since wwii
- back o'beyond
- anywhere remote
aussie slang since the 1870s
- back of Bourke
- any remote outback area
Bourke is a town in north-west NSW.
aussie slang since 1896
- back pocket
- a playing position in aussie rules
Either of the two players who defend the areas on either side of the goal front.
- a bribe
- backseat bogan
- a person sitting at the back of the bus
The traditional seating choice of the bogan.
Also called a backseat bevan
- back up for
- to come back for a second portion
This pav is delicious, I'll be backing up for seconds!
- 1 a wombat
See wombat for more information.
- 2 after farting, an exclamation to avoid being punched
According to their unwritten law, a schoolkid who has farted must quickly exclaim Badger! and then whistle, before those of the offended nose can react with a punch.
- bad news
- a troublesome person
That guy is bad news.
- bad trot
- a period of misfortune
I've been on a bad trot lately, the wife left me, the budgie dropped dead, and some bastard nicked my car. Similar to killed a chinaman.
aussie slang since the 1940s
- baffle with bullshit
- deceive with lies
Tell the truth, stop baffling me with bullshit.
- 1 to criticise or to put someone down
Me mates bagged me for buying light beer.
2 an ugly woman
My blind date was an absolute bag.
3 negative term for an older woman
Bloody old bag!
4 five goals scored by one player
In Aussie rules football.
- crushed, juiceless remains of sugar cane
Used to produce paper, electricity, fertiliser, etc.
Known as magasse on the north coast of NSW.
- baggy green
- A baggy green cap worn by Aussie test cricketers.
To don the baggy green is to represent Australia at test cricket.
- 1 a person who collects bribe money
- 2 a bookmaker or his clerk
- 3 a swagman, tramp, or travelling pedlar
Historically, such men were said to belong to the bagman's union.
- bag o'fruit
- a mans' suit
Put on your best bag o'fruit.
rhyming slang: bag o' fruit for suit
- to reserve something
Bags the window seat!
Same meaning as bar
- bag swinger
- a bookmakers clerk
- to leave
- bail up
- 1 to corner someone
In order to have a go at them.
2 a command: stand and deliver!
Bail up, damn yer!
I'm going to rob all the men and take all the women.
aussie slang since the 1840s
- 1 a bald person
- 2 a coin with edward vii on the obverse
Traditionally used in the game of two-up.
3 a tyre with no tread
- 4 a hereford
A breed of beef cattle with a white face or head.
5 the white-headed pigeon
- Bali belly
As suffered by travellers to the island of Bali in South East Asia.
Hence applies to any such affliction, from any part of the world.
Redgum – I've Been To Bali Too
- ball and chain
- the wife
Used in a jocular way, originally US Black English.
aussie slang since the 1920s
- balls ’n all
There's no giving up now, I'm in it – balls ’n all!
- bad mistake
What a complete balls-up!
- banana bender
- a derisive term for a person from queensland
- going crazy
She's gone bananas!
- banana prawn
- a prawn of northern tropical waters
There are two varieties:
regular banana prawns Penaeus indicus have red legs, and white banana prawns Penaeus merguiensis have cream and yellow legs.
- banana republic
- an economy based on production of a single crop
A politically unstable country with an economy dependent upon the exportation of a limited-resource product, such as bananas.
If this government cannot get a sensible economic policy, then Australia is basically done for.
We will end up being a third-rate economy… a banana republic.
paul keating 1986
- 1 any of various small, omnivorous, somewhat rat-like marsupials
The wintarro is a short-nosed bandicoot of the family Isoodon auratus of central Australia, distinguished by the golden brown fur on its back.
- Bandicoots are the inspiration for a number of metaphors such as:
Bald as a bandicoot
Miserable as a bandicoot on a burnt ridge
- 2 to dig up potatoes
Whilst leaving the top of the plant undisturbed.
Long a common practice, done either to get the larger spuds while leaving the smaller ones to grow, or in order to steal spuds without the owner knowing.
- banged up
- a shovel
Especially one used by miners.
aussie slang since the 1910s
- a river flowing as high as its banks
After a week of rain the river's running a banker.
- a shrub with cylindrical flowers
Heavy producers of nectar, they are a vital part of the food chain in the Australian bush.
An important food source for all sorts of nectarivorous animals, including birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a host of invertebrates.
Named after Joseph Banks, the botanist on the Endeavour.
- 1 if you won't have a bar of something
It means you won't put up with it
aussie slang since the 1930s
2 to carry a passenger on a bicycle or horse
Same meaning as dink and barie
queensland and northern nsw slang
3 not able to be tagged or caught
You can't touch me, I'm bar.
A place can be bar, as in All trees are bar.
queensland schoolkids slang
4 establish a right
To reserve something by making the first claim on it.
Same meaning as bags.
queensland schoolkids slang
- barbed wire
- castlemaine xxxx beer
A popular beer in Queensland.
queensland slang for a queensland beer
- a barbecue
Both the cooking apparatus and the social event.
Once fashioned from cracked stump‑jump ploughs and rocks, now we choose from hundreds of models …
aussie slang since the 1970s
- a district and a river in south-western queensland
Well represented in aussie slang. The most common terms are: Barcoo rot ⁓ a type of scurvy
Barcoo salute ⁓ brushing away flies from your face
Barcoo spews ⁓ an illness due to cyanobacteria
Barcoo lawyer ⁓ a bush lawyer
- an edible grub found in the bark of certain trees
We been eating bardi since the Dreamtime. The old people knew when to find them. After the first rains. Better than beef they reckoned.
aboriginal language nyungar south-western wa
- bare-bellied joe
- a ewe that has been shorn
The phrase is found in the song Click Go The Shears.
The ringer looks around and he's beaten by a blow
And he curses the old snagger with the bare-bellied joe.
The joe part of this phrase is a variant of the word yoe, an archaic word meaning a sheep.
- to carry a passenger
On a bicycle or horse.
Same meaning as dink, shortened to bar
- a cry to gain immunity from being caught in a game of chasings
From the French parlez, meaning to talk.
- a fight or argument
- bark painting
- a picture painted on bark
Originally created as ceremonial art in Arnhem Land, NT
Famously used in the Barunga Statement in 1988.
- encourage, support, cheer on
The Victoria Barracks were adjacent to the South Melbourne Cricket Ground and St. Kilda Cricket Ground, both used as football grounds.
A group of boys were always first to notice the Barrack Personnel walking across the playing fields to support their team, and would cry: HERE COME THE BARRACKERS! It is also used outside of sporting contests.
I barracked for Whitlam back in the seventies.
aussie rules slang since the 1890s
- barramundi ∼ barra
- a large freshwater fish
A silvery-grey food fish of excellent quality. Lates Calcarifer is found in coastal rivers and estuaries of tropical northern Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
acclaimed as australia's finest table fish
- 1 to knock over by running into or striking hard
I'll barrel the bastard.
- 2 to drive quickly
We were barrelling along the highway.
- 3 the hollow tube of a wave
Wicked waves today, I got barrelled umpteen times.
- Barunga Statement
- a statement of indigenous political objectives
In 1988, as part of Bicentennial celebrations, Prime Minister Bob Hawke visited the NT where he was presented with a statement of Aboriginal political objectives at the Barunga festival.
It was painted on a 1.2 metre square sheet of composite wood.
Called for Aboriginal self-management, a national system of land rights, compensation for loss of lands, respect for Aboriginal identity, an end to discrimination, and the granting of full civil, economic, social and cultural rights. Hawke wished to conclude a treaty between Aboriginal and other Australians by 1990, but his wish was not fulfilled.
Controversy erupted over the exposure of sacred material in the bark painting, leading some Indigenous leaders to call for its return.
Some leaders alleged the presentation of the painting resulted in at least ten deaths due to munya, which translates as remorse in the Aboriginal system of payback. In 1991, his last act as Prime Minister was to hang the Barunga Statement at Parliament House.
...its presence here calls on those who follow me, it demands of them that they continue efforts that they find solutions to the abundant problems that still face the Aboriginal people of this country.The Australian Aboriginal band, Yothu Yindi, wrote the hit song ‘ Treaty ’ to commemorate the statement. Lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu, with his older brother Galarrwuy, wanted to highlight the lack of progress on the treaty between Aboriginal peoples and the Federal Government.
Bob Hawke visited the Territory. He went to this gathering in Barunga. And this is where he made a statement that there shall be a treaty between black and white Australia.
Sitting around the camp fire, trying to work out a chord to the guitar, and around that camp fire, I said,
“Well, I heard it on the radio. And I saw it on the television.
That should be a catchphrase, that's where ‘ Treaty ’ was born.”
Yothu Yindi - Treaty
- 1 to attempt or try something
Come on, give it a bash.
2 a party
I'm having a big bash for my birthday.
3 a dent put into a man's hat to make it look better
aussie slang since the 1950s
- 1 an unpleasant or despicable person
Piss off you stupid bastard.
2 any person, whether they are a bastard or not
Let me buy you a beer, you old bastard.
Poor bastard, it wasn't his fault.
3 anything that causes difficulty or aggravation
What a bastard of a day, it hasn't stopped raining.
This old computer is a bastard.
That was a bastard of a thing to do.
aussie slang since colonisation
- bath dodger
- a pommie
- a swimming costume
- a person with few advantages
Who works doggedly for little reward and displays courage in so doing.
A man is judged by the way he ‘measures up’ to life.Also known as the aussie battler, or the little aussie battler
And the bloke who ‘does his best’ at all times, the bloke who is an ‘unlucky poor bastard’ but who can still smile, who can still find reserves of strength and courage to try again – and again – and again – is a ‘battler’.
- to live alone
Often with few conveniences.
He's got a batch down the road.
A shortening of the word batchelor, and now also used of a woman living away from home.
She was batching in the city.
aussie slang since the 1880s
- a wave that will take you to the beach.
- a judge
Originally British slang from 16th century thieves cant.
- the backside
She was pretty wide in the beam.
- good, excellent, wonderful
You've been beaut, thanks.
aussie slang since the 1910s
- joyful praise, excited approval
You little beauty!
Often pronounced bewdy
aussie slang since the 1890s
- Bedourie shower
- a dust storm
- the national drink
Aussies believe that any brew which is not served ice-cold, with a reasonable head on it, and containing a large proportion of alcohol, should not be called beer.
In Vic, WA, Qld and elsewhere if you order a beer you will get a seven fluid ounce glass. In other states and territories you will probably be asked: What size?
In NSW a popular size glass is the middy, a word understood around the country, as is schooner and seven in Qld.
- be in it
- to be actively involved
You've got to be in it to win it.
aussie slang since the 1920s
- bees dick
- very small, very close
I missed it by a bees dick.
- bees knees
- the best, something really good
- a score of one point
Occurs when the ball passes over the line between a goal-post and an outer or behind post, which are shorter than goal posts and stand each side of them.
- Bellambi handbag
- a cask of wine
Used in Wollongong NSW, after the township of Bellambi.
Also called a Dapto briefcase.
- telephone call
I'll give you a bell later.
- bend the elbow
- to drink beer
- a detestable person, a jerk or prat
rhyming slang: berkeley hunt for cunt
- bait thrown into water to attract fish
- an alcoholic drink, a refreshing beverage
- a flannie-clad, mullet-sporting yobbo
Someone from the western suburbs of Brisbane.
Australia-wide known as a bogan
Qld: bogan NSW: westie Vic: scozzer Tas: chigger
- bevan heaven
- a seven eleven store
- bible basher
- a person who tries to shove christianity down other people's throats
- a fight
Especially between opposing players at a rugby match.
national rugby league slang
- big A
- the arse, as in the sack
Got the big A from the boss yesterday.
- big ask
- a request or expectation
One that is difficult to fill, an imposition on your generosity.
- big girl's blouse
- a wussy, effeminate bloke, a sissy
- to exaggerate your own importance
Don't listen to him; he's just big-noting himself.
- a racecourse tipster or urger
- big smoke
- the city or any built-up area
Originally from Aboriginal pidgin English.
- big sticks
- the goal posts, as opposed to the behind posts
Also called the big white sticks.
- a pool or lagoon
This word comes from the Wiradjuri language and translates to dead river, when the water flow ceases, with Bila meaning river and Bong/Bung meaning dead.
- 1 a water pipe for smoking marijuana
Also called a bong.
- 2 a tin or enamel cooking pot with a lid and wire handle
The quintessential item for living in the Aussie bush, used for boiling water and especially for making tea.
To boil the billy means to take a break for tea or other refreshments, so you don't even have to have a billy to boil.
A proper billy, loved and cherished and worth its weight in gold, should be battered, blackened by the fires of countless camps, stained by thousands of gallons of strong tea, and should never have been washed.
To make a brew in a billy, you get the water boiling, throw a handful of tea in, and then swing the billy by its handle around and around in vertical circles. This ‘settles the tea’.
from scottish english: a utensil called a billy-pot
- billy grips
- metal tongs for lifting a hot billy off the fire
Also called billy lifters, billy tongs, spondicles, and spongs.
- a child's four-wheeled go-cart
- the devil, hell
Used euphemistically in various phrases.
Run like billy-o means Run like the devil
Go to billy-o means Go to hell
If something is off to billy-o it is far away, or a long way off course.
- a request for money or some other item
Can I bite you for a smoke, mate?
- a mongrel dog or other animal
Made up of a bit of this and a bit of that.
- black and tan
- a drink of half beer and half stout
See fifty-fifty for a similar drink.
- black stump
- an imaginary marker at the limits of settlement
Head west of the black stump, sail right past Woop Woop, keep on going and finally you might hit Urandangi, the town without a postcode.
- blind Freddy
- an obvious thing
Sir Frederick Pottinger (1831-1865) was an English aristocrat who moved to Australia and became a policeman.
He was forced to resign after he rode in a horse-race at Wowingragong, NSW, unaware that the bushrangers he was chasing were right beside him, enjoying a day off too.
He then accidentally shot himself, bringing his glorious career to a close.
Blind Freddy could've seen that!
- blind mullet
- excrement floating in the water you are swimming in
Known as a Bondi cigar in Sydney, in Vic they are called Werribee trout, australia-wide as a brown trout.
- the head
Used in the phrases lose your block or do your block, meaning to lose your temper. If you knock someone's block off, you have thumped them in the head.
- circuits of a block of streets
I'll do a blockie to check the brakes.
Usually for the purpose of entertainment, but also to check that the car is performing properly after some maintenance.
Also called bog laps or lappies.
- general term for a man
Especially a man's man, a down-to-earth man without pretensions.
A good bloke is one of the highest accolades that can be bestowed, slightly lower on the scale is a man who is not a bad bloke.
A really bad man is a bastard.
- crassly masculine
The new club is a bit blokey to take your sheila to.
aussie slang since the 1990s
- blood's worth bottling
- an accolade
One who displays courage, loyalty, and mateship, who performs well, or renders you superb personal service over and above the call of duty.
See bottler for a related phrase
- a word used to add emphasis
Bloody this, bloody that…
It is also inserted into the middle of other words. Abso-bloody-lutely
It used to be the iconic aussie swearword and was known as The Great Australian Adjective, but was always taboo and never used in polite society.
Nowadays it has lost its former glory to the f-word, which took over the title in the '60s.
- bloody oath!
- emphatically yes!
Bloody oath I saw that!
- very drunk
- 1 a euphemism for damn
Well I'll be blowed!
since the 18th century
2 to brag or boast
He was blowin' about what he'd done in London
since the 1850s
3 a rest from work
I'd been working all morning so it was time to have a blow.
since the 1910s
4 a furious wind or storm
Looks like we're in for a blow, better tie the boat down.
since the 1930s
5 to abscond or decamp
I've had enough; I'm going to blow.
since the 1950s
- blow flies
Most are metallic blue or green, about the size of a house fly or a little larger, and are essential agents in the breakdown of organic matter. They also cause the condition known as sheep strike.
The female fly locates a sheep with an open wound in which she lays her eggs, from which the emerging larvae cause large lesions on the sheep, which may prove to be fatal.
aussie slang since the 1900s
- blow in
- uninvited person
- blow in the bag
- undergo a breathalyzer test
- a temporary state of idleness or the lack of something
A bloke out of work temporarily could be having a bit of a bludge, whilst one who is temporarily out of tobacco may bludge a smoke.
- a person who does not make a fair contribution
A bloke who does as little work as possible, and who is always cadging, is a bludger. See dole bludger for more.
- 1 a fight or argument
There's a blue on at the pub!
2 an error
I made a blue when I fixed the car.
aussie slang since the 1940s
3 a nickname for a bloke with red hair
aussie slang since the 1930s
4 a blue flyer kangaroo
- 1 a swag
The collection of possessions, traditionally wrapped in a blue blanket, carried by a person travelling in the bush.
Now the term applies to any luggage, especially a single item such as a back-pack.
2 a summons
I got a bluey in the mail! Especially for a traffic offence. They were originally printed on blue paper.
3 a ten dollar note
Also called a banjo.
4 a bluebottle jellyfish
The common bluebottle found in Australia is Physalia utriculus, which is smaller and less venomous than its larger, more venomous Atlantic cousin, Physalia physalis, also known as the Portuguese Man o' War.
5 a blue-tongued skink
Comprising the Australasian genus Tiliqua, which contains some of the largest members of the skink family.
A prominent characteristic of the genus is a large blue tongue that can be bared as a bluff-warning to potential enemies. They are also bred in captivity and sold as house pets. They are relatively shy in comparison with other lizards, and also significantly slower due to their short legs.
6 a blue heeler
Mixing native Dingoes with Collies and other herding dogs, Australian George Elliott developed the Australian Cattle Dog (the Blue Heeler) in 1840. A solid, sturdy and compact dog with an alert, ready-to-work stance. Slightly longer than tall with curved, hanging tails, they have muscular legs and strong necks and broad, somewhat rounded heads with pointy ears. Their dense, weather-resistant coats come blue, blue mottled, blue speckled or red speckled — both with possible dark or tan markings. The name Blue Heeler refers to the Australian Cattle Dog with the blue coat, while the red-coated Australian Cattle Dog is sometimes referred to as the Red Heeler.
- fake, false, inferior, worthless
Something that is unreliable, false or counterfeit.
aussie slang since the 1950s
- a flannie-clad, mullet-sporting yobbo
The word bogan is understood throughout the country.
Qld: bevan NSW: westie Vic: scozzer Tas: chigger
- an old woman
- a lawn bowling club
- a wave that forms over a submerged offshore reef or rock
A diminutive of bombora, the word is also used for the reef or rock itself.
aussie diminutive since 1871
- Bondi tram ∼ shoot through like a Bondi tram
- make a hasty departure
Two trams typically left the Sydney CBD for Bondi together, the first an express which would shoot through from Darlinghurst to Bondi Junction.
aussie slang since 1945
- open-mouth water pipe for smoking marijuana
A word play from the pun on billabong, billy bong
Also called a billy.
- outstandingly good
- an absolutely stupid person
Less commonly, a person with a big head
- 1 a crescent-shaped wooden implement
- Used as a missile or club, in hunting or warfare, and for recreational purposes.
- 2 an item on loan that must be returned
Borrow my pen? Don't forget, it's a boomerang!
- booze bus
- police vehicle used for random breath testing
- Also used for random drug testing.
- bo-peep ∼ have a bo-peep
- have a look
- 1 the male owner of a rural property
Responsible for managing the property outside the homestead, which is run by the missus.
- 2 an employer
- 3 a general term of address
What time does the next train go, boss?
- a person worthy of high praise
One who performs well, or earns money for his backers.
A person who renders you superb personal service, over and above the call of duty, deserves the accolade of little bottler.
Supposing the temperature is well over 100 degrees, and your thirst is fierce, and it's too hot to go ‘up to the pub’, and a friend arrives with clinking ice-cold dew-wet bottles of your favourite brew.
There is no better way to express your feelings of surprise, gratitude, elation, and restored belief in the essential goodness of humanity than by a sincere and heartfelt:
- a bottle shop
Licensed to sell alcohol to be consumed off the premises.
Known in the UK as an off-licence and in the USA as a liquor store.
- bottom of the harbour
- a tax avoidance scheme
In the late 1970s a large number of such schemes were operating in corporate Australia.
The schemes involved buying a company with a large tax liability, converting all the liquid assets to cash, and then ‘hiding’ the company by, for example, selling it to a fictitious buyer.
- a bowling club
I haven't got a brass razoo!
Named after Major-General Sir Thomas Brisbane (1773-1860), a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars who was appointed Governor of NSW from 1821 to 1825.
Under pressure to send the worst convicts elsewhere he dispatched Lieutenant John Oxley to lead an expedition north in 1823.
They settled at a large river flowing into Moreton Bay which they named after Sir Thomas.
In 1823 the first convicts arrived, and the settlement was declared a town in 1834. It was opened to free settlement in 1839.
It was not until the year 1859 that the territory to the north of the twenty-ninth parallel of latitude was proclaimed a separate colony, under the title of Queensland.
capital city of queensland
- bride's nightie ∼ off like a …
- to depart quickly, to move with a sudden burst of speed
- bring a plate
- an invitation to bring food to share at a social gathering
There are many stories of new arrivals in Australia being bamboozled by this instruction. As the locals know, a plate alone will not do. In earlier days the request was often ladies a plate, followed by gentlemen a donation.
- brown eye
- to expose one's bum to someone
- a native australian horse
Found in many areas around the country, the best-known are in the Australian Alps region. Most of them are found in the NT, with the second largest population in Qld.
A group of them is known as a mob or "band". They are the descendants of escaped, abandoned, or lost horses, dating back to those belonging to the colonial settlers, including the "Capers" from South Africa, Timor Ponies from Indonesia, British pony and draught horse breeds, and a significant number of Thoroughbreds and Arabians.
from pitjara language baroomby=wild
- 1 the groom-to-be
Especially when out on his buck's night
2 a dollar
Originally an americanism, short for buckskin, the skin of a buck or deer, formerly an accepted form of exchange on the US frontier.
aussie slang since 1966
- to criticise or denigrate
- Buckley's chance
- no chance at all
A word-play on Buckley & Nunn, a department store well-known in Melbourne.
You've got two chances—Buckley's and none!
As an injective it is shortened to You've got Buckleys!
- buck's night
- a party exclusively for men for the groom-to-be
Also called a buck's turn or buck's party.
The male counterpart of the hen's night.
- a small parrot
Native to the outback, Melopsittacus undulatus is a long-tailed, seed-eating parrot often kept as a pet.
- budgie smugglers
- a skimpy male swimming costume
There are a host of slang terms for tight-fitting men's swimwear, including:
sluggos, cock jocks, dick daks, dick togs, and scungies.
- budgie smugglers
- a skimpy male swimming costume
There are a host of terms for tight-fitting (and revealing) men's swimwear:
sluggos, cock jocks, CJs, DTs, dick togs, dick daks, racers, scungies
- 1 a general term for any person
Anybody from your most hated enemy to your closest friend.
Piss off you miserable bugger.
He's a silly old bugger.
That naughty child, he's a little bugger.
Good to see you, you old bugger.
- 2 a nuisance or difficulty
It's a bugger of a day.
- 3 to ruin, wreck, or bamboozle
That's buggered it!
Buggered if I know!
- a mock abusive term used affectionately
- buggers ∼ play funny buggers
- fool around
- an exclamation of disgust
Bugger you lot, I'm going home.
Ahh – bugger it!
Bugger! I've spilt my beer
- bugger all
- not much or nothing
This cost me bugger all.
- bugger around
- waste time
Stop buggerizing around and start work!
- bugger me!
- exclamation of amazement
More forcefully, Bugger me dead!
- bugger off
- 1 to decamp, to leave in a hurry
They buggered off before anybody was awake.
- 2 an invective used to tell another to leave
Bugger off! And don't come back.
- broken, very tired
I'm totally buggered.
- buggered if I know
- i haven't got a clue.
- leave me alone
There exists an unidentifiable place called buggery. No one knows where it is, but if you annoy an aussie he may suggest you go there.
You can go to buggery!
- the approach of the wet season
Marked by an increase in heat and humidity, causing tension and irritability, in the tropical north.
Also called mango madness, suicide season or simply troppo.
- a reddish-pink, large-eyed marine fish
Of the family Priacanthidae, common along the eastern coast of Australia.
- a kind of fine powdery soil found in inland australia
- a schoolkids chasing game
This term is found in Qld, NSW, and the ACT.
Also known as British bulldog.
- nonsense, rubbish, a lie
Used as an exclamation to reject what someone else has said.
Bull is a euphemistic shortening.
- bull's roar ∼ not within a bull's roar
- not anywhere near
- a big disappointment
An Americanism adopted in Oz in the early 1980s.
Couldn't get tickets for the concert. Major bummer.
Formerly a swagman, a usage long forgotten.
- 1 something larger than normal
We had a bumper harvest of grapes.
Originally 18th century northern English dialect, now virtually Standard English.
2 a cigarette butt
Something of little value is not worth a bumper.
aussie slang since the 1890s
- bum sniffer
- a derogatory term for a rugby player
Referring to the packing of scrums.
- 1 rum made in bundaberg
A popular drink australia-wide.
- 2 the town of bundaberg
Located in north Queensland, the city name Bundaberg, colloquially known as Bundy, is thought to be a combination of bunda, a local Aboriginal word denoting an important man, and the suffix -berg (town) from Old English.
- bundaberg honey
- golden syrup
- 1 incapacitated, exhausted, broken
My car has gone bung.
2 put or place
Bung that pie in the oven.
aboriginal language yagara, from the brisbane region
- 1 a gullible person
- 2 a person who accepts responsibilty
All right, I didn't do it but I'll be the bunny.
3 a poor batsman in cricket
Also called a rabbit.
- a mythical man-eating amphibious beast
Said to inhabit rivers and deep pools.
Not to be confused with the yowie.
aboriginal language wembawemba of vic and southern nsw.
- bunyip aristocracy
- a derogatory term for the australian peerage
- 1 an attempt
I'll give it a burl.
From Scottish dialect meaning to spin.
2 to move quickly
We were burling along the road.
aussie slang from the early 20th century
- a motor‐car stunt
The back tyres are made to spin on the spot at very high speed and thus create as much smoke as possible.
- burr up
- to become livid with anger
This phrase is more common in the Top End and Far North Queensland
- uncultivated or unsettled country in rural australia
To go bush is to turn your back on civilisation, either for a short time or permanently.
Lee Kernaghan - Boys From The Bush
- bush chook
- 1 the emu
- 2 the flightless native tasmanian hen
Also called a narkie.
- 1 completely lost, either in the bush or in the city
- 2 exhausted, worn out
- 1 a person wise to the ways of the bush
- 2 a member of a volunteer bush fire brigade
- bushman's hanky
- to eject snot through one nostril while keeping the other closed
- bush telegraph
- the rumour and gossip network in the outback
- bush tucker
- 1 simple fare
As eaten in the bush, such as damper, tea, kangaroo, etcetera.
2 food gathered from nature
Traditional Aborigine foods, such as fruits & vegetables, insects & grubs, etcetera.
- bush week
- a fictitious time when country people come to town
What do you think this is, bush week?
Meaning, What do you take me for?
and by implication, a slow-witted person
- busy as a one-armed paper-hanger
- extremely busy
- a name for a measure of beer -7 fluid ounces, or the glass holding it
- See beer for more information.
- Bring Your Own
Meaning bring your own alcohol to a restaurant, party, or other social gathering