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Aussie Glossary

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Aussie Words Definitions Comments
underdaks Underwear  
uni University  
unit Flat, apartment  
up a gumtree In a quandary  
up north New South Wales and Queensland, according to someone in Victoria  
up oneself Have a high opinion of oneself - "he's really up himself"  
up the duff Pregnant  
ute Utility truck or vehicle Australian 'invention' - Ford Australia (1928?)
vedgies Vegetables  
vee dub Volkswagen  
veg out Relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)  
Vegemite Popular vegetable extract used as sandwich spread Yeast extract - made from the 'lees' of beer-making!
vejjo Vegetarian  
velvet Highly profitable or advantageous  
waddy Wooden club (waddi, waddie, wody, woodah &c) Aboriginal word (Dharuk): wadi = tree, stick of wood
waffle Nonsense  
wag To skip school or work  
waggin' school Playing truant  
waler Bloke from New South Wales (also NSW breed of tough bush horse) Not 'whaler'
walkabout Lengthy walk away from it all  
walkabout, it's gone It's lost, can't be found  
wallaby track, on the To wander from place to place in search of work (archaic)  
walloper Copper, policeman  
waltz matilda To carry a swag Auf den walz (mit Mathilde) Mathilde is blanket roll or tool roll in German
wattle Acacia, common Australian species of (typically) shrub The original wattle - so named because it was used to build wattle & daub dwellings in Sydney's first settlement, was not acacia, but callicoma serratifolia, which had yellow globular flowers and serrated leaves. Early settlers were no botanists and they thought similar acacias were same genus …
weatherboard Wooden house Strictly: a specific pattern of lapped horizontal wooden cladding
West Island Australia, to a New Zealander  
Wet, the Rainy season in northern Australia  
wether Castrated male sheep  
whack Fair share, agreed deal Turns up in a few songs - old English word
wharfie Dockworker (Stevedore)
whinge Complain and carry on unnecessarily  
whips (of) Lots (of)  
white ant (noun) Termite  
white ant (verb) Undermine or sabotage  
white pointers Topless (female) sunbathers or type of large shark  
whomajigger Term for person or thing whose actual name one can't remember  
willy-nilly Small dust twister or erratic More commonly "willy willy" - a couple of citiatons of williy nilly in Aus. Nat'l Dict. Aboriginal words (Yinji-Barndi) - 'wili wili'
Wimmera West Victorian region (characterised by wimmera rye grass)  
wobbly Disturbing, unpredictable behaviour, as in "throw a wobbly"  
wog Flu or trivial illness  
wog Mediterranean or Middle European migrant - derogatory  
Wolseleys Machine shears (inventor, Fred Wolseley, went on to make cars … in England) (Assisted by his shears mechanic … Herbert Austin … who then made his own cars!)
wombat Somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)  
woomera Stick used by Aborigines to throw spears  
woop woop Invented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop"  
wowser Straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport  
XXXX Pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland And there's no truth to the story that Queenslanders just can't spell BEER
yabber Talk (a lot) Probably Aboriginal … and/or pidgin from jabber
yabby Small freshwater crayfish  
yahoo Noisy and unruly person  
yahooing Boisterous behaviour  
yakka, yakker Hard work, an Aboriginal term (Yagari language -'yaga')
yank American regardless of location  
yank tank An American car  
yankee shout A round of drinks in which everyone pays his own  
yeo Ewe, female sheep Scots dialect … also ewie or yowie (not the aboriginal forest monster!)
yewy U-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights") I've always spelled it: U-ey … but I'm a bit of a pedant!
yobbo Uncouth, aggressive person Old Cockney 'backspell' slang: yob = boy
yonks Ages, a long time  
youse Plural of you (by the grammatically challenged)  
zarucker Police trooper (Appears in Manifold's "The Death of Ned Kelly"_
zebra crossing Broad-striped pedestrian roadway crossing  
zed Australian and British pronunciation of "Z"  
zeds Pertaining to sleep (zzz)  
zonked Exhausted, rooted  
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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.