By Gilbert H. Lawson, published in the 1920’s in Sydney, Australia.
A dictionary of Australian words and phrases, including the most commonly-used slang, technical terms, expressions, abbreviations and colloquialisms.
Although this dictionary is over 80 years old, it gives you a glimpse into the way people spoke in that era. Some words have the same meaning today, while others may have changed or are seldom used anymore.
If you’re reading Australian literature from this time period and earlier, such as works by Banjo Paterson, you may find this dictionary very helpful.
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|Galah||the rose-breasted cockatoo.|
|Game, in the||to be one of the affluent.|
|Ganger||boss of navvies.|
|Gazob||a foolish person.|
|Geebung||aboriginal name for small native plum.|
|Get, to do a||a hurried departure.|
|Gibber-gunyah||aboriginal home in cave.|
|Gill-bird||another name for wattle bird.|
|Gink||a peculiar fellow.|
|Give it a go||to make an attempt.|
|Glassy eye||a cold stare.|
|Glue-pot||a bad road.|
|Goanna||a large lizard, varying in size and colour. It lives both above and below the ground and in trees. Many are capable of swallowing a live ‘possum.|
|Go him||to want to fight.|
|Goin’ stiff ‘uns||thieving from inebriates.|
|Goo-goo eyes||affectionate glance.|
|Go the whole pile||to risk everything.|
|Grasshopper||a leaping, grass-feeding insect varying from less than an inch to two inches in length, with spare body and very long wings and legs.|
|Grey nurse shark||type of Australian shark.|
|Griffin, the straight||the truth.|
|Gully||a shallow valley.|
|Gum||popular name for trees of the genus eucalyptus.|
|Gummy||species of shark with small teeth.|
|Gum tree||variety of eucalyptus.|
|Gunyah||a blackfellow’s humpy, built of bark, sometimes around a tree, but not always, tapering from a peak at the top to a bell-shape at the bottom.|
|Guy, to do a||to retreat.|