Sack – to fire somebody from their job
Salute, the great Aussie – brushing flies away from your face
Salvos, the – the Salvation Army
Sandgroper – a resident of the state of Western Australia
Sanger – a sandwich
Scallywag – a rascal (usually a child)
Schooner – a large beer glass in the states of New South Wales and Queensland and a medium beer glass in the state of South Australia
Scratchy – an instant lottery ticket
Screamer – a party lover, or someone who gets tipsy after drinking very little alcohol
Servo – a service station or gas station
Sheila – a girl or woman
She’ll be right – everything will be okay
Shonky – something unethical, dubious or underhanded (for example, “…that lawyer runs a shonky office”)
Shoot through – to leave somewhere to go somewhere else
Shout – your turn to buy a round of drinks or dinner (for example, “…hey mate, it’s your shout”)
Sickie – a work absence when you are ill
Skidaddle – to depart very quickly
Smoko – a work break, even for non-smokers. It simply indicates a pause during the work day to eat or drink
Snag – a sausage (made of beef)
Snot – to snot somebody is to punch them
Sook – a cry baby
Sparkie – an electrician
Spewin’ – very angry or upset about something
Sprung – caught (by surprise) doing something wrong
Spud – a potato
Spunk – a good looking person (of either sex)
Squiz or squizmo – having a look at something or reviewing something
Starkers – the state of being naked
Station – a big farm/grazing property
Stickybeak – a nosy person “sticking their nose” into somebody else’s business
Stoked – to be very pleased about something
Stone-motherless – absolutely or utterly lost. Often used to describe the final finisher in a horse race (for example, “…and then came Neddy, stone-motherless last”)
Stone the crows – an element of surprise
Strewth – a mild exclamation (for example, “…strewth that Chris can eat a lot”)
Strides – trousers
Strine – Australian slang and pronunciation
Stubby – a glass bottle of beer
Stuffed – an expression for being tired or exhausted
Sunny side up – eggs not cooked over easy
Swag – a rolled blanket used for bedding in the bush (forest) or it can mean a “lot” of something (for example, he/she has a swag of jokes)


Ta – short for “thank you”
TAB – off track betting store (for horse racing etc)
Tailgate – to drive dangerously close to the vehicle in front of you
Take a sickie – to take a day off work because of illness (although a “sickie” is often taken as a day off work to do something that is not illness related)
Take a squiz or a squizmo – to investigate something by looking at it (for example, you might take a squiz at a mate’s new car)
Tall poppies – successful people
Tall poppy syndrome – a practice of criticizing successful people for their success, usually based in envy
Tart yourself up – applies to a woman’s appearance and involves the application of make-up
Tasmaniac – resident of the state of Tasmania
Tassie – Tasmania
Tea – is the common name for an evening meal Down Under
Technicolor yawn – to vomit
Tee-up – to set up something (for example, a business meeting or a family get-together)
Telly – TV
The Sticks – the Outback
Thick ear, to give a – to give somebody a beating (part of which might be a thick, or swollen ear)
Thingamajig – a universal word used during speech when you can’t actually think of the word you need to use (for example, you might be changing out a bathroom tap and need your wife to pass you a wrench but you are momentarily blank that the item is called “wrench” so you would say “…honey, can you please pass me the thingamajig” while pointing at it)
This arvo – this afternoon
Thongs – are flip-flops Down Under, not underwear like in the US. It may be very important that you understand this key cultural difference if you are visiting Down Under because some pubs (bars) actually prohibit the wearing of thongs in the bar!
Thunderbox – a toilet
Tingle, to give a – is to call somebody on the phone
Tinny – can be either an aluminum can of beer or a small aluminum fishing boat (a dinghy)
Togs – swim suit
Too right! – means “definitely”
Toorak tractor – refers to large SUV’s that never leave the city, Toorak is an expensive suburb in Melbourne where pricey Range Rovers (for example) are commonly used to do super market shopping.
Toot – toilet
Top End – the far north of Australia
Trackie daks/dacks – track pants
Trackies – track pants and top
Truckie – a truck driver
True Blue – an Aussie is considered to be True Blue if they are patriotic and genuine in their dealings with other people. John Williamson, a renowned Australian singer, sang his song “True Blue” at the funeral of Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) after he was tragically killed. The bestowing of that song on Irwin was the ultimate compliment that he could have been paid.
Tucker – food
Tucker-bag – a bag used to hold food and drink
Tuck shop – small cafeteria where students buy food at school (there is no free breakfast or lunch at Aussie schools)
Turps, to hit the – to embark on a drinking binge
Two Up – an illegal gambling game played in a large group of people by spinning two coins simultaneously and betting on the outcome. Despite its illegality, it is allowed to be played freely on ANZAC Day (Veterans Day equivalent).


Uey – a U-turn (performed when driving a vehicle)
Uni – short for university
Unit – an apartment
Up a gum tree – a gum tree is a eucalyptus tree and being up a gum tree means a person is in some kind of trouble
Up at sparrow’s (f**t) – being up very early with the birds. Sparrow’s f**t is considered to be the first thing that a sparrow does when it wakes. So, if somebody tells you that he or she is playing golf at “sparrow’s” it literally means at daybreak.
Up him or herself – to have an over-inflated opinion of one’s self (for example, somebody boring you with personal details, or blowing his own trumpet, might be described thus “…he’s really up himself”)
Up s**t creek without a paddle – having a problem without a solution, being stuck in a situation
Up somebody, to get – to rebuke or berate somebody for doing something wrong or stupid (for example, “…the store manager got up me because I was 10 minutes late to work”)
Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike (motorcycle) – a very sarcastic expression in respect to something that is totally unhelpful or useless to a situation (for example, “…she was a pharmacist who had no idea how to fight a fire and her advice on how to do so was as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike”)
Ute – a utility car with open back, like a pick-up truck in the US only sedan size, not SUV (think El Camino)