Australian Slang For Bad (8 Examples)

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Slang & Language Enthusiast

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Australians use a ton of slang words that can make it seem as if they are using a different language! This is where we come in to help you better understand their slang. In this article, let’s take a look at all of the terms they use to describe something as bad.

Bodgie

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Bodgie is used by Australians to describe something that is so bad that it is worthless or completely inferior to something else.

Example:

  • She was driving a second-hand car that was really bodgie!

Bummer

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A common word used in many English-speaking countries, but is most commonly used in Australia.

Example:

  • I felt really sick last night, what a bummer.

Dodgy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Usually used to describe something that has poor quality, and is therefore really bad.

Example:

  • He wanted to sell his car to me, but it looked really dodgy.

Dodgy as

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Same as above, but more intense, used to describe when something is extremely bad. Australians like to add ‘as’ at the end of adjectives to add more emphasis.

Example:

  • That shop where we went shopping was dodgy as.

Dog’s Breakfast

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A term used to describe when something is so bad that it is a complete mess.

Example:

  • I asked him to send me the report he was working on and it was dog’s breakfast!

Filthy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This is a word used by Australians to describe when they are feeling bad and disappointed.

Example:

  • He spoke about me behind my back, I felt really filthy after learning that.

Iffy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Used most commonly to describe a suggestion that seems bad or unreasonable.

Example:

  • He wanted us to do business together, but something was iffy about it.

Wonky

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A word used to describe something that seems bad, unstable, or simply of poor quality.

Example:

  • Did you see the motorcycle he bought? It looked wonky as hell!

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