Strine

strīn

Noun

  • The English language as spoken by Australians.

Adjective

  • Relating to Australians or Australian English.

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Example Sentences

“To American ears, Strine can sound like a foreign language.”

“If you head down to the beach, you’ll hear plenty of Strine from the surfers.”

“My Strine friends moved here from Sydney about five years ago.”

Word Origin

Australian, 1960s

Why this word?

“Strine” is a slangy term for Australian English, or just the accent. Say “strine” out loud, and it will all make sense — even if you can’t understand the accent. “Strine” can be used as a noun for the dialect itself, or as an adjective for anything relating to Australians or Australian English.

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