List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin

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These words of Australian Aboriginal origin include some that are almost universal in the English-speaking world, such as kangaroo and boomerang. Many such words have also become loan words in other languages beyond English, while some are restricted to Australian English.


Flora and fauna[edit]

Environment[edit]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Describing words[edit]

  • Koori - Aboriginal people from Victoria and New South Wales
  • cooee
  • Murri - Aboriginal people from Queensland
  • Nungga - Aboriginal people from South Australia
  • Noongar - Aboriginal people from southern Western Australia
  • yabber - to talk
  • yakka - work
  • yarndi (slang term for marijuana)

Place names[edit]

Names[edit]

  • Kylie (Noongar word for "throwing stick")
  • Narelle (possibly a back-formation of Sydney suburb Narellan)

Aboriginal-sounding[original research?] words not of Aboriginal origin[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ http://theperthfiles.blogspot.com.au/2006/04/bull-ants-boondies-bogans-and-bore.html
  4. ^ http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-slang