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Aussie is Australian slang for Australian and less commonly Australia.[1][2][3][4] Aussie can be used in the form of an adjective, noun or proper noun.


In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/ OZ-ee (Australian English [ˈɔzi]), with a /z/ sound;[2] however, in the United States, it is most often pronounced /ˈɔːsi/ AW-see with an /s/ sound.[5][6][7] Pronouncing the word with an /s/ in place of the /z/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error —similar to pronouncing the last syllables of Melbourne and Brisbane as "born" and "bane", respectively, rather than with a reduced vowel.

Ethnic usage[edit]

Aussie is used defensively by some Australians as a term of identification for people of the traditional cultural group (of Anglo-Celtic descent).[8]


See also[edit]

  • Kiwi
  • Down Under, a colloquialism referring to things related to, or coming from Australia.[9]


  1. ^ Ihaka, James (15 August 2013). "Going to Aussie? Think agai". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Macquarie Dictionary 5th Edition. Macmillan Publishers Australia. 2010. ISBN 9781876429669. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kennett, Jeff (11 November 2011). "C'mon Aussie, let's grow up". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1961 (repr. 2002).
  6. ^ MSN Encarta Dictionary, North American edition. [1] Retrieved on 7 June 2007. Archived 2009-10-31.
  7. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley, 2004.
  8. ^ Hirst, John (2005). Sense and Nonsense in Australian History. Black Inc. Agenda. pp. 11–13. ISBN 0-9750769-9-X. 
  9. ^ Miracle Down Under: How New Zealand Farmers Prosper without Subsidies or Protection Center For Free Trade Studies Bulletin, retrieved 13 October 2008