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This article is about the slang word for an Australian. For the Australian dollar also known as the "Aussie Dollar" or sometimes just "The Aussie", see Australian dollar. For other uses, see Aussie (disambiguation).

Aussie[1] or Ozzie[2] is Australian slang for 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, United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/ OZ-ee (Australian English [ˈɔzi]), with a /z/ sound;[4] however, in the United States, it is most often pronounced (incorrectly) /ˈɔːsi/ AW-see with an /s/ sound.[11][12][13] Pronouncing the word with an /s/ in place of the /z/ 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 2017-02-25. 
  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". 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  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 2017-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Aussie | Define Aussie at". Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Aussie | Definition of Aussie by Merriam-Webster". Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  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.