Aussie Slang - B




Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a large gathering usually held in rural or outback areas

Back of Bourke

A very long way away (remote Australian outback)

Bad egg

A trickster, con man, a person of dishonest character

Bail (somebody) up

To corner someone physically

Bald as a bandicoot

Someone with no hair

Ball and chain

Wife (also referred to as trouble and strife)

Banana bender

A person from Queensland


A sausage. Pronounced "bang-a" often used when talking about the barbecue


To cheer on your favourite football team eg. aussie rules or rugby league


A Party or gathering eg: Birthday bash (also ‘to assault’ someone)


See also

‘budgie smuglers’

Swimming costumes

Beer Gut

A mans bulging stomach mostly because of heavy beer drinking

Big note

Brag about oneself, boast a lot about oneself


Biscuit (also "it cost me big bikkies" - it was really expensive)


An ox-bow river or watering hole

A favourite brand of clothing


Teapot or container for boiling water and making a cup of tea.

Billy cart

A childs small play cart usually made from an old wooden fruit box using wheels from a discarded baby stroller


Motor vehicle accident


Mongrel dog (heinz variety; bits of this and bits of that) Not pure bred


Male, man, guy ie: he is a top bloke


‘Very’ as in ‘bloody hard work’, ‘bloody nice cat’ etc

Bloody hell

Displeased with; unhappy about someone or something. Not considered a swear word. E.g. "Bloody hell! the damn taps leaking again"

Bloody oath

Absolutely true

Blow in the bag

Police breathalyser test


A large blow fly - The name blow-fly comes from an older English term for meat that had eggs laid on it, which was said to be fly blown.


A type of lazy person, layabout, someone who always relies on other people to do things or lend him or her things


Fight ("he was having a blue with his wife") or a mistake (“he blue that one”)


Blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is a hard working dog.

Everybody's favourite all-round Aussie dog.

Heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.

A bluebottle jellyfish


Of low-grade; considered of inferior quality eg: that panel beating jog looks a bit bodgy


Person with low esteem, doesn't take pride in his or her appearance, spends most of his or her days slacking and drinking alcohol


A vehicle stuck fast in mud or sand


The hood of a car or truck

Booze bus

Police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers


Liquor shop (originally a street man with a hessian bag going around picking up empty beer bottles back in the 1950's and 60's)


Morning breakfast


Brisbane, state capital of Queensland

Bronzed Aussie

An Australian who has a good physique and health

Brown Bomber

Parking police

Bucks Night

Stag party, a male party the night before the wedding


Buckley's chance

None and Buckley's

No chance at all

Budgie smugglers

A very small pair of male swimming costumes

Bull dust

A fine orange coloured dust found in the outback. When it gets wet it makes travelling by motor vehicle extremely difficult. The dust turns into a type of clay which builds-up under your wheel arches to the point where your wheels can no longer rotate

An untruth, a lie (as in ‘that stories is bull dust’)

Bull bar

Solid bar fixed to the front-end of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also, commonly referred to as a "roo bar" or "nudge bar")

Bum steer

To give someone wrong advice or wrong direction. To lead someone on with false or misleading information.


A statement of mild annoyance, slight mishap. E.g. "What a bummer Tony missed his school bus!"


Broken; ruined, not working. E.g. " the toaster is bung again." “My leg is bung”


Large firecracker which was almost the size of a stick of dynamite. Pronouced "Bunga"


Short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there

Bush bash

Long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush or to go driving through the bush in your own car

Bush walk

A trail or path in the bush

Bushy or Bushie

Someone who lives in the outback of Australia


A local shop which sells meat


Unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own alcohol. The same goes for a picnic, party or barbecue as in bring your own meat