Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest Information
MENU

Aussie Slang

Submit your application

 

Receive your offer letter

 

Accept your offer

 

Arrive at NIC

 
 

Speak to one of the Marketing Team directly

You can also connect with the NIC student community before arriving via the NIC Facebook page.

Phone: +61 2 4921 8888

Email: info@nic.nsw.edu.au

As an International student you might find that some Aussie slang is a bit difficult to understand.

We have compiled a list that will help you along the way!

Aggro: Describes someone or something aggressive or aggression
Arvo: Afternoon
Banger/Snag: Sausage
Barbie: Grill or Barbecue grill
Bikie: Someone who rides a motorbike in a bikie gang
Bickie: Cookie (short for biscuit)
Bloody oath: An expression used to stress a point or an opinion
Blow in: Someone who is uninvited
Boardies: Slang for board shorts, worn by surfers
Bonnet: Hood or engine end of a car
Boot: Trunk end of a car
Bottle-o: A liquor store
Breaky: Breakfast
Brolly: Umbrella
Budgie smuggler: Nickname for Speedo swimming trunks for men
Chewy: Chewing gum
Crook: Ill or sick
Cuppa: A hot beverage
Dag: Someone who doesn’t dress well and/or has unrefined manners
Dead horse: Tomato sauce
Docket: Receipt or bill
Dog’s breakfast: A mess
Fair dinkum: True or genuine
Flat out: Busy
Footy: Football (rugby or AFL)
Fortnight: Once every two weeks; a period of consecutive 14 days
Good on ya: Great job or well done
Heaps: A lot. “Thanks heaps!”
How ya going?: How are you doing
Hungry Jack’s: Burger King
Jumper: A pullover sweater
Keen: Excited to do something
Knackered: Pooped, Tired, Exhausted
Loose cannon: Someone who is behaving out of control
Maccas: Nickname for McDonald’s
Mate: Friend/Buddy. Mate’s rates is a discounted price for work services, from a friend
Mozzies: Mosquitoes
No worries: Don’t worry about it or no problem
Petrol: Gasoline; Fuel
Postie: Postal worker
Prezzy: A gift or a present
Ripper: Great
Ropeable: Very angry
Rubbish: Garbage. Also used to describe when something is bad or ridiculous
Rug up: Bundle up to keep warm when it’s cold outside
Sanger: Sandwich
Servo: Service/gas station
She’ll be right: Everything’s going to be ok
Shout: Someone’s turn to buy a round of drinks
Sook: Someone who is tame or unoffending
Spewin’: Very angry
Spit the dummy: To throw a fit or get upset about something
Stubbie: Bottle of beer. A beer cosy/holder is called a stubbie holder
Sunnies: Sunglasses
Suss: Size up or study something. Or if someone seems a bit suspicious, you can call them suss
Swimmers/Togs Bathing suit
Ta: Thanks a lot
The Lot: Everything
The Mrs: Someone’s wife or girlfriend
Thongs: Flip-flops
Tinny: Small aluminium boat or a can of beer
Tracky: Tracksuit or sweats/sweat pants
Tradie: Tradesman/woman
Whinge: Persistently and annoying complaining (somebody who does this would be a “whinger”)
Woolies: Woolworths or woollen clothing
Whoop Whoop: Made up name for a tiny town in the middle of nowhere
Yewy: U-turn