A Down Under Guide to Aussie Sex Slang


Aussies have been at it again, proving to the world how much fun we are down under. 

First, we took out the top spot for marathon-levels of sex endurance, and now, we’re teaching others how it’s done. Or at least, we’re telling them how to speak in our language of love - sex slang. 

Buzzfeed sat down with a few brave couples from the States and asked them what they thought some of our most creative words meant. 

The video - Americans Guess Aussie Slang - received more than 700,000 views in the first month it was posted. Whether that’s Americans doing a little research before their ‘vacations’ or Australians snickering and testing their own knowledge remains unknown. 

For example, did you know that “gobby” is a common term for a blow job? It certainly seemed to be news to the first man in the video to take a guess, saying: “The elf in Harry Potter?”

Not to worry though, the video also features a young couple, "actual Australians", to help viewers at home learn from the pros. There’s a particularly special moment if you pause the video after 25 seconds to catch the look of sheer excitement on the guy’s face, and vague disapproval on the girl’s as she says “I would never use the world gobby.”

The video then moves on to “clacker”. There’s a disturbing and hilarious amount of clapping from team America before our resident Aussie sex slang experts clear it up with “put it in your clacker”.

Cue sexy music, as every single one of the American couples correctly guess the true meaning of brown-eye. If you were wondering when is the appropriate time to brown-eye, the Australians explain by saying “it’s what you do when you’re at a house party”.

Doodle is quickly guessed as well, with our favourite Australian couple adding that it’s “dick, but for children”.

Crack a fat gets some fun guesses - everything from ass smacking to anal sex and masturbation, until finally one of them associates ‘fat’ with American slang for penis, a ‘chubby’, and makes the connection. 

Here’s your cue to pause the video again, right at 2.17 when our Aussie male says “That means boner! Ugh I’m just cracking a fat just thinking about this word, it’s great.” His words are almost as great as the look on the girl’s face. 

And some more Aussie terms not included in the video but we'd be remiss not to mention:

  • Spoof: it's a genre of film but you can also get it in your hair.
  • Bugger: such a descriptive word but possibly illegal in several countries.
  • Knackered: if you can't have sex because you're knackered make sure you said it to someone who knows what you really mean. 
  • Nature strip: how often do you mow yours?
  • Fugly: what you sometimes wake up with after a night wearing beer goggles (applies to both men & women).
  • Buttsucker: no it's not some kinky anal sex thing, they're smokers!
  • Give someone heaps: might not translate well when talking to a non-Australian so be careful who you're giving the heaps to. 
  • Tosser: we're all for Clean up Australia but some people are accused of doing it too much.
  • Get up someone: again just make sure you put this one in context, ie "I'm going to get up my boss this arvo" might need clarification.
  • Up the duff: you probably need to explain this one. 

Without a doubt, we love our slang terms down under! Has using slang got you into trouble? 

We'd love to hear your stories and any phrases that we missed!


  • KaifraDuet
    More than a month ago

    Tosser is English, not Australian. As are up the duff (probably from in the pudding club) and knackered. Jizz is African American. Spunk was the word for semen when I was a kid, and sprog was a baby or a sparrow. If you're a bloke, ask an American mother if you can nurse her baby and see the shocked looks you get - it means breast-feed in the US. Bugger as a noun and verb - and crawler and sod (short for sodomite) - came from our convict past. Gobby was gobbled off in the 50s; working girls were also called bag-swingers. Ass is US, not Australian, and we are now so brainwashed by US TV and films that we say butt instead of bum. The Americans and polite English Victorian society changed ass to donkey (pronounced as in monkey, the dun being a grey/brown colour). Incidentally, about this time cock became rooster in the US and chicken and turkey breasts and thighs became light and dark meat. Spoof for a send-up is also US. Nature strip is also a woman's map of Tasmania and we leave maps of Australia on the sheets. The boy in the boat may be Australian though it is used in the UK. Some of our words went over there - and to the US. Little boys for cocktail frankfurts is ours - and that's enough for now.

  • Sarah9067 Photo
    More than a month ago

    Never heard anyone in Aus use any of that slang language...
    Sounds like words they probably used in the late 1800s

  • partnerpal
    More than a month ago

    Hahaha love that word Spoof......I think it is making a comeback,we would say Spoof when we were 15 but I have notice people saying it again or the other one Sprog....Usually every where hahaha

    • Venom49 Photo
      More than a month ago

      Hahaha, yeh the word "spoof"is a classic. We always used when referring to "jizz"back in the 80;s.

  • Avidreader74
    More than a month ago

    Amongst a group of Americans, one of the lady Americans uttered: "If I am a bad girl, you can smack my fanny."
    ...One of us then explained what "fanny" means in Australia.

    A tomato could not have been more redder.

  • tastetester61 Photo
    More than a month ago

    This works both ways. If you're a butt sucker in the US don't be telling them you need to smoke a fag, they'll think your going to assassinate one of those red carpet gossip hosts.

  • Que5tor Photo
    More than a month ago

    There's a parody of the Beach Boys Kokomo song called Camel Toe. Good thing I was told to be sitting in a chair before it was played to me by my friends at the time. If you've never heard it before, it is literally, Roll On the Floor Laughing material.

  • abcplus1
    More than a month ago

    Whisper pants..... Ladies wearing Lycra butt shorts or bike pants, you can't hear what they are saying but you can see the lips moving.

    • Account Closed
      More than a month ago

      also known as mumble pants

  • lgv_cah
    More than a month ago

    On the Nest

  • Dusty51 Photo
    More than a month ago

    Another one ....that girls wearing a greyhound CIMS when she's running you could nearly see the hare..!!!!

  • DeepKnight
    More than a month ago

    My overseas visitor referred to "working girls" as girls who work, paid employment. Not being aware of the "Lady of the Night" version. Fortunately no harm done.

  • tonguemaster67 Photo
    More than a month ago

    She had on a Gosford
    A very short skirt
    Next door to The Entrance

    • AMM.Editor Photo
      More than a month ago

      Damn, how did I forget that, it's one of my faves. Except I hear a Woy Woy skirt, up there near the Entrance lol

  • KinkyGirl101
    More than a month ago

    It's a bit dated now but when my mum lived in Canada in the 1950s she shocked the office when she asked someone to get the Durex. In Australia at the time Durex was the most common brand for sticky tape while in Canada it was a brand of condoms.

  • Jayne2901
    More than a month ago

    Great article! No wonder I kept offending the locals on my last trip to the US

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