Commonly used Australian words and phrases

Australia is a country where English is the first language, which makes it easier for anybody to understand the language as English is one of the most commonly used official languages in the world. However, the accent and slang can make it tough for people to understand the locals which happens to newcomers here in Australia because of the words or phrases that they use. So, we have compiled some of the most commonly used phrases and words used in Australia on this page.

Word/PhraseMeaning
ArvoAfternoon
AussieAn Australian
AvoAvocado: Fruit
BarbieBarbecue
Beauty, beautGreat, awesome
BlokeA man
BludgerA person who is lazy
Bottle-OLiquor shop: Shop where you can buy alcohol
BrekkieBreakfast
BushA remote area, somewhere away from civilisation
Fair dinkumGenuine or true
G’day/good dayHi
Good onya/Good on youGood for you/well done: Express congratulations to somebody.
How ya goin’/ How are you going?Greeting. Australians use this phrase instead of saying “How are you?”
MaccasMcDonald’s: a fast-food company
MateFriend, buddy
No dramaNo problem/It’s ok.
No worriesNo problem/It’s ok: Usually spoken as a response to when someone says “Thank you” just like in other countries people say “You are welcome”.
OutbackVery remote and uninhabited inland places of Australia
ReckonOpinion
RooA Kangaroo
ServoA service station, A gas station (American English), A petrol station
SheilaA woman
SickieSick leave.
StubbyA bottle of beer
Sweet asSweet, awesome, great
TaThank you
TradieA tradesperson: Referred to a person who has skills. For example plumber, electrician, mechanic etc.
UteUtility vehicle, pickup truck (American English)
WhingeWhine, complaining persistently
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