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]


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
  • Palawa - Aboriginal people from Tasmania
  • yabber - to talk
  • yakka - work
  • yarndi (slang term for marijuana)

Place names[edit]


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

English words derived from native Oceanic languages not of Aboriginal origin[edit]