Australian Slang For Kangaroo (6 Examples)

Australia is known for several animals, and kangaroos are definitely one of them. Seriously, they are probably one of the first things that fall to mind for most people when they think of Australia. 

It makes sense then, that Australians have some slang words for kangaroos. Read on to find out what they are!

Boomer

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Slang for a male kangaroo. They don’t have a pouch and they don’t produce milk.

Example:

  • Would you look at that boomer over there, he’s so strong!

Joey

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A baby kangaroo.

Example:

  • Wow, that joey will grow up into a real nice kangaroo someday.

Kangarella

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A slang term for a really good-looking kangaroo. Not that common.

Example:

  • Now that is a real nice kangarella you got there!

Keely

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Slang for a killer kangaroo, generally for kangaroos that are a bit more aggressive.

Example:

  • Be careful in the woods, you don’t want to run into a keely.

Roo

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Short for kangaroo.

Example:

  • There were a bunch of roos by the road today.

Skippy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This term originated in an Australian adventure show from the 1960s. A kangaroo in that show was named Skippy, and nowadays the name is sometimes used to refer to any kangaroo.

Example:

  • Wow, would you look at that skippy, it’s gorgeous!

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