Australian Slang For Great (10 Examples)

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Foodie, Animal Lover, Slang & Language Enthusiast

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If you’re on the lookout for Australian slang words we have you covered. Sometimes, you just want an alternative for the simplest words. In this article, we will give you all the different words Australians use instead of ‘great’. Read on to get them all!

Beaut

Meaning:

  • (Noun) beaut is a word commonly used in Australia when you want to say something is great. Or awesome. Short for beauty.

Example:

  • His new song is a real beaut!

Bonza

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This is one of the most common slang words for ‘great’ in Australia. Used when you really want to emphasize how great something is.

Example:

  • My new flat is absolutely bonza!

Bonzer

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Just an alternative way of spelling ‘bonza’. Means the same thing.

Example:

  • I really can’t wait to go to that club again, the last time we went was bonzer!

Dardy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Commonly used among Australian teens, used when they want to say that something is great or cool.

Example:

  • Did you check out the latest episode of ‘Euphoria’? That show is really dardy!.

Deadly

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) An expression commonly used in Australia for anything that is considered great.

Example:

  • I really love how deadly I look in my new sweater!

Fully Sick

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Sick is commonly used around the world as a slang term when something is great, but in Australia, they preface it with ‘fully’, for even more emphasis.

Example:

  • I bought a new PC to play Elden Ring on it, it is fully sick!.

Grouse

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Another slang word unique to Australia that means great or very cool.

Example:

  • The new job I just got is really grouse, I love it!.

Hectic

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Similar to ‘sick’, this is another slang word often used by younger folk when they want to say that something is great.

Example:

  • Oh my god, I really want that jacket, it is hectic! 

Ripsnorter

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This word is used in Australia when they want to describe a certain experience as great.

Example:

  • My school trip was a real ripsnorter!

Sweet As

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) In Australia, it is common to put ‘as’ at the end of adjectives to add more emphasis. ‘Sweet as’ is used when something is great, but so much that you should fill in the blank yourself.

Example:

  • Did you hear the new song from BTS? It is sweet as!

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