List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin

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These words of Australian Aboriginal origin include some that are used frequently within Australian-English, such as kangaroo and boomerang. Many such words have also become loaned words in other languages beyond English, while some are restricted to Australian English.

Flora and fauna[edit]


Aboriginal culture[edit]

Describing words[edit]

  • Koori - Aboriginal people from Victoria and New South Wales
  • cooee
  • Nunga - Aboriginal people from South Australia
  • Murri - Aboriginal people from Queensland
  • Noongar - Aboriginal people from southern Western Australia
  • Palawa - Aboriginal people from Tasmania
  • yabber - to talk
  • yakka - work[1]
  • yarndi (slang term for marijuana)[4]

Place names[edit]


English words often falsely assumed to be of Australian Aboriginal origin[edit]


Slang - Australian Government Website

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  3. ^ "The Perth Files: Bull ants, 'boondies', bogans and bore water". 13 April 2006.
  4. ^ "Yarndi within the community". Australian Drug Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ Satpathy, Sumanyu (2017-09-30). "A tea party with Topiwalla and Alice". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  6. ^ Wassilieff, Maggy. "Cockabully". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  7. ^ J. Simpson; E. Weiner, eds. (1989). "cockatoo". Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
  8. ^ Macquarie Dictionary (2nd ed.). Macquarie University. 1991. p. 1220. ISBN 0-949757-63-2.