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 assumed but not of Australian Aboriginal origin[edit]


Slang - Australian Government Website

  1. ^ a b c d "Learn English: Borrowed Indigenous Australian words". ABC Education. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Australian slang - a story of Australian English". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
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  4. ^ "Yarndi within the community". Australian Drug Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2019.