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Aussie Glossary

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Aussie Words Definitions Comments
dag A funny person, nerd, goof  
dag, daggy Dirty lump of wool at the back end of a sheep, also an affectionate or mildly ab  
daks Trousers  
damper Bush loaf made from flour and water cooked in a camp oven  
Darling pea Staggers (usually the stock) from eating poisonous plant Appears in 'All For My Grog'
dead horse Tomato sauce  
deadset True, the truth  
deli Delicatessen  
demon Policeman, detective Originally a Tasmanian (Vandemonian) ex-convict recruited into the colonial police force
dero Tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")  
didgeridoo Cylindrical musical instrument played usually by Aboriginal men Women are forbidden to play didge in Aboriginal culture because the muscular contractions of playing can cause abortion … !
digger A soldier - typically from Australia or New Zealand Term is a goldrush legacy
dill Idiot  
dillybag Small bag to carry things  
dingo Australian native dog, (tranf.) an untrustworthy person or coward  
dinkum, fair dinkum Genuine or honest  
dinky-di The real thing, genuine  
dipstick A loser, idiot  
divvy van Police divisional van  
do your nana Lose your rag, spit the dummy, lose your temper  
dob (somebody) in Inform on somebody  
docket A bill, receipt  
doco Documentary  
dog Unattractive woman  
dole bludger Somebody on social assistance when unjustified  
don't come the raw prawn Don't try to fool me  
donah A girl, to a city larrikin, c. 1900 (from Portugese 'dona' ?)
donger Penis  
donk Car or boat engine  
doodle Penis  
doozey Something very pleasant  
doughboy Flour dumpling British dialect / navy slang
down south The rest of Australia, according to someone north of Brisbane, Queensland  
Down Under Australia and New Zealand  
drink with the flies To drink alone  
drinking down the cheque Drinking alcohol ontil all the wages have been squandered  
drive the porcelain bus Vomit  
drongo Worthless or stupid person North Australian bird that flies south (towards colder regions!) in summer …?
drover Person driving large herds of cattle or sheep across Australia  
drum Information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")  
drum (hump the) (Carry a) swag  
Dry, the Dry season in the north, April to November  
duco Car paint Brand name
duffer, cattle Rustler  
dukies (and duchesses) Pickpockets Earn their living with their 'dooks'
dummy, spit the Get very upset at something  
dungarees Workingman's clothes/overalls Named for a coarse Indian calico (Hindi 'dungri') … a social indicator in colonial days
dunny Outdoor lavatory  
dunny budgies Blow flies  
dunny rat, cunning as a Very cunning  
durry Cigarette  
earbash Non-stop talk  
eastern states The rest of Australia, according to someone in Western Australia  
Enzedder New zealander  
esky Large insulated box for keeping beer cool  
evo Evening  
ewe Female sheep, corruption is 'yoe' or similar  
exy Expensive  
fair crack of the whip! Fair go!  
fair dinkum Genuine or honest  
fair go A chance ("give a bloke a fair go")  
fairy floss Candy floss, cotton candy  
FIGJAM F*ck I'm good; just ask me  
financial To be flush with cash  
FJ Most revered Holden car  
flake Shark meat, used in fish and chips  
flaming All-purpose intensifying adjective (A safer "f" word)
flash Very fancy, overly fashionable ('lairy') "Flash as a rat with a gold tooth"
flat out As fast as possible  
floater Meat pie floating in pea soup, viewed by Australians either as a great delicacy or as a great emetic  
flog Sell; steal This once meant to pawn, back in the '50s/early '60s - I remember people baulking at my use of the sense steal …
footy Australian Rules football  
fossick To hunt for gemstones Or gold … or any other mineral ...
fossicking Searching, rummaging ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")  
freckle Anus  
from arsehole to breakfast All over the place  
fruit loop Fool  
full Drunk  
furphy A rumour or a false story  
g'day A greeting  
gaffer (Lesser) Boss … usually a supervisor or shed boss N. English dialect - US usage is head lighting tech on film set … thus "gaffer tape" - specially made to hang film lights from rough surfaces
galah Noisy parrot, thus noisy idiot  
game Brave  
gander Have a look  
gaol Australian and British variant spelling of "jail"  
garbo Garbage collector  
garbo, garbologist Municipal garbage collector  
gibber, gibby Stony desert (that's originally a 'gibber plain' or 'gibber country - 'gibber' i Sydney region Aboriginal word for stone (Dharuk - 'giba')
gidgee Rough, dry country, characterized by tough acacia scrub called gidgee Aboriginal (Yuwaalaraay) word for 'spear wood'
give it a burl Try it, have a go  
give it away Give up  
goanna Australian monitor lizard Adaptation of S. American 'iguana'
going "troppo" Going tropical; laid-back and fun-loving; insane  
good oil, good gits Useful information, a good idea, the truth Good guts?
good on ya! Well done!  
good on you Good for you, well done  
good possie Advantageous position  
grazier Large-scale sheep or cattle farmer  
greenhide Tough, untanned leather Equivalent to US "rawhide"
greenie Environmentalist  
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Many thanks to John in Brisbane for this concept and the initial data, and to Bob Bolton for additions and comments.