Australian Slang D to I
Australian slang, like all slang, is constantly evolving and changing. While the list below includes a lot of common slang, it is by no means complete.
Continued from last week's article: here is D-I
[See A-C D-I J-M N-R S-Z]
dag - basically a nerd or even a little worse (also a dag is a clump of poo suck on the woolly bottom of a sheep)
damper - Traditionally, unleavened bread baked in the ashes of a fire. The name
comes from the practice of damping the fires so the bread can be cooked in the
dead-set - absolute; true; genuine. "He's a dead-set mate."
digger - Originally a miner in the goldfields, now used to refer to an Australian particularly servicemen who are fighting or peace keeping overseas.
dill - a simpleton or a fool
dilly-bag - a small woven bag carried by Aboriginal women. Often used to describe a small bag of any sort.
dingo - native dog
dob - tell on, tattle, inform on. "A bloke wouldn't dob in a mate."
dobber - an informant who has "dobbed in" someone.
Down Under - Australia.
drongo - A real fool or moron.
drover - a person who herds stock or sheep over a long distance
spit the dummy - to lose one's temper
dumper - the bane of all surfers, a dumper is a large wave that tosses you around, usually resulting in a mouthful of sand;
dunny - originally an unsewered toilet at the bottom of the garden, now used
generally for the toilet
earbasher - someone who talks endlessly; a bore
Esky - brand name but now used generically for a cooler to carry drinks & food to barbies & parties.
fair dinkum - true, genuine; an assertion of truth or genuiness. "It's true, mate, fair dinkum."
fair go - a chance, an equal opportunity. "Give us a fair go, Bruce."
first cab off the rank - to jump at an opportunity; be quick off the mark
flat out - very busy. "He's flat out like a lizard drinking."
floater - A meat pie in a plate of soupy peas and gravy
footy - refers to either Rugby League, Rugby Union, or Australian Rules football.
fossick - originally meant to search or pick around for gold or gemstones, but is now used in the more general sense of searching for something
Fremantle doctor - cool breeze that blows in off the Indian Ocean during the hot summer months of December to March. You will often hear cricket commentators when there's a match on at the WACA say, we're waiting for the doctor to cool things down.
Frog and Toad - rhyming slang for road. "Let's hit the frog and toad." - let's leave
furphy - originally the brand name of a water-cart, but now means a rumour or phony story
galah - native bird with a grey back and a pink front. Also, a fool. "You're a bit of a galah."
garbo - garbage man
G'Day - Good Day.
The Ghan - nickname for the Afghani camel drivers who helped open up the Outback. Also, the name of the long distance train running from Adelaide to Darwin.
give it a burl - give it a go, have a try
googie - an egg. "full as a goog" - to be drunk or having overeaten
going like the clappers - going very fast, working real hard
greenie - a mildly derogatory term for a conservationist
grouse - very good. "That's a grouse pie floater."
grog - General name for alcohol. "grog-on" or "grog-up" - drinking party
gum tree - Eucalyptus tree. There are many different types. to be "up a gum tree" means you are in trouble
gutless - lacking courage. "He's a gutless wonder."
hard yakka - hard work
to give heaps - to give someone a hard time
heart starter - the first alcoholic drink of the day
hoon - a lout. Also, to hoon around.
hooray - Goodbye, so long. Also, Hooroo!
Howzat! - How's that! Request for approval. In cricket it's used to request
dismissal of a player.
iceberger - someone who swims during winter in unheated water, usually in the
ocean. Members of the Bondi Icebergs Club are well known for their mild winter
frolics in a sea water pool filled with blocks of ice.
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