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Aussie[1] or Ozzie[2] is Australian slang for an Australian and less commonly, Australia.[3][4][5][6][7] Aussie can be used in the form of an adjective,[8] noun,[9][10] or proper noun.


In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/, hence the alternative form Ozzie;[4] however, in the United States, it is most often pronounced /ˈɔːsi/ AW-see.[11][12][13] Pronouncing the word with a /s/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error.

Ethnic usage[edit]

Aussie is used defensively by some Australians as a term of identification for people and as a nickname for the traditional cultural group (of Anglo-Celtic descent).[14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What does AUSSIE mean? - AUSSIE Definition - Meaning of AUSSIE". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ Ric Partridge: The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z. Taylor & Francis, 2006, ISBN 9780415259385, S. 1431
  3. ^ Ihaka, James (15 August 2013). "Going to Aussie? Think again". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Macquarie Dictionary 5th Edition. Macmillan Publishers Australia. 2010. ISBN 9781876429669.
  5. ^ "C'mon Aussie: cricket anthem reprised to get bums on seats". 27 November 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  6. ^ Kennett, Jeff (11 November 2011). "C'mon Aussie, let's grow up". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  7. ^ Wall, Mick (2012). AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be. London: Orion Publishing group. ISBN 978-1-4091-1535-9.
  8. ^ "Aussie definition and meaning". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Aussie | Define Aussie at". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Aussie | Definition of Aussie by Merriam-Webster". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1961 (repr. 2002).
  12. ^ MSN Encarta Dictionary, North American edition. [1] Retrieved on 7 June 2007. Archived 2009-10-31.
  13. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley, 2004.
  14. ^ Hirst, John (2005). Sense and Nonsense in Australian History. Black Inc. Agenda. pp. 11–13. ISBN 0-9750769-9-X.

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