List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin

These words of Australian Aboriginal origin include some which 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


Aboriginal culture

Describing words

  • Noongar - Aboriginal people from southern Western Australia
  • yabber - to talk
  • yakka - work
  • yarndi - marijuana

Place names


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

Aboriginal-sounding words not of Aboriginal origin

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