Australian Slang For Love (10 Examples)

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No matter the country we live in, it’s safe to say that the language of love is universal. However, each country has its own special way of saying ‘I love you’, even specific words for love in general. Here, we will take a look at all the different slang words Australians use for love and romantic relationships.

Apple Of Someone’s Eye

Meaning:

  • (Noun) By calling someone the apple of your eye, you are telling them how cherished they are, and how much you love them.

Example:

  • I love her so much, she is the apple of my eye.

Carry A Torch

Meaning:

  • (Verb) This slang term is another that isn’t used only in Australia. It refers to unrequited love, a love with no reciprocation.

Example:

  • Anna carries a torch for Roman, but he doesn’t really care.

Crush

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To have a crush on someone simply means you have romantic feelings towards that person.

Example:

  • Mindy has a huge crush on Jake.

Goo-goo eyes

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This term describes the sort of foolish glance that lovers normally point towards each other.

Example:

  • Sabrina is constantly making goo-goo eyes towards her boyfriend.

Head Over Heels

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This expression points to how confusing and illogical love can be. Yes, the head is usually over the heels, but this term describes a sort of a somersault momentum and has been in use since the 1600s.

Example:

  • Andrea is head over heels for her new boyfriend.

Heartthrob

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This word is generally used to describe a handsome man that causes a lot of women to fall in love with him.

Example:

  • Henry is such a heartthrob.

Lovebirds

Meaning:

  • (Noun) usually used in the plural, refers to a couple that is madly in love with each other.

Example:

  • You two are such a pair of lovebirds!

Main Squeeze

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A relatively modern term used to describe a love interest that has all your attention. The one that makes you forget all the rest.

Example:

  • I know I’m interested in a lot of girls, but Samantha is my main squeeze! 

Shack Up

Meaning:

  • (Verb) This slang term is used to describe a couple that does an activity together as if they lived in a secluded shack.

Example:

  • I’m gonna shack up with my hubby and watch Netflix all day.

Warm The Cockle Of Someone’s Heart

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Cockles are mollusks with a heart-shaped shell, and throughout history, they have become a sort of metaphor for the human heart in love language.

Example:

  • I am so in love with Billy, he warms the cockle of my heart.

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