Definition of Strine in English:



mass nouninformal
  • 1The English language as spoken by Australians; the Australian accent, especially when considered pronounced or uneducated.

    ‘I found myself speaking Strine within minutes of arrival’
    ‘arriving in Sydney, he applied for a job thinking that copywriter was Strine for copy typist’
    • ‘I must tell you about this because I took a little break in Penang and these nine ladies were having breakfast, and it was pure Strine.’
    • ‘What knowledge I possess of the intricacies of Strine may fairly be blamed on this small volume.’
    • ‘Today's interesting URL is the blog of a paramedic, or in Strine, an Ambo.’
    • ‘On this week's program, Bruce Shapiro explains and demonstrates the differences between speaking Strine and Speaking American.’
    1. 1.1count noun An Australian.
      ‘iced beer stops up the nose—that's why you Strines talk so funny’


  • Relating to Australians or Australian English.

    ‘he spoke with a broad Strine accent’
    • ‘The only difference was that the American update came as an ‘embassy notice’ while ours was its Strine equivalent, an ‘embassy bulletin’.’
    • ‘Ex-Tampa families will soon have Strine accents and vocabularies.’
    • ‘I bought it because it's Strine, because it's reasonably priced, and because it doesn't seem to have any inherently emetic properties.’


1960s: representing Australian in Strine.