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ballhuggers

noun a swimming costume. Compare budgie-huggers, budgie-smugglers.
Contributor's comments: In Perth I grew up with the word "bathers" instead of "cossie". We would also use "speedos" or "ballhuggers" or "racing bathers" for racing bathers and "boardies" for boardshorts.

Contributor's comments: My children grew up in WA in the 80's but speedos were always referred to as 'ballhuggers'.

Contributor's comments: The word 'Dick-pokers' was used to describe 'Speedos' or racing bathers when I was a teenager. I occasionally hear it now but not from people younger than around 30 years old.

Contributor's comments: In the western Sydney area we used the phrase "Dick Stickers"

Contributor's comments: Working at a Victorian pool I still hear children use the terms ballhuggers, dickpokers, and cockchokers.

Contributor's comments: As a youth in Northern Tasmania during the 1960's, I often heard and used "bathers". Second most common was "togs" or "swimming togs". Very occasionally heard people say "trunks". To refer specifically to Speedo-style bathers, we said "speedos", or -- when there were no adults in earshot -- jokingly, "dick-stickers" or "ball-huggers".

Contributor's comments: I have been guilty of wearing racing bathers all my life. This term is totally new to me in competitive swimming circles. These were the commonly used bathing costume of the surfers in the late 50's and early 60's.

Contributor's comments: We schoolkids n SE-Qld in the '80s and '90s frequently called them meathangers, cockjocks or dickpointers, rather than dick-stickers/pokers.

Contributor's comments: The West Australians I work with refer to Speedos as CJ's short for Cock Jocks. Also when my little nephew over east was wearing his UV jumpsuit thing they called it his 'Shirvo' as in Matt Shirvington, with his tackle (another regionalism) free as a bird to move about.

Contributor's comments: Never used the term ballhuggers. In Sydney the term used was Slug Huggers or Sluggos for short. Also Dickstickers, usually worn by Clubbies.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Perth in the 1980s and "ballhuggers" were tight footy shorts. We used to call bathers "cock-jocks".

Contributor's comments: A circle of my mates routinely referred to speedos as 'knob-togs', though this was more commonly just abbreviated to the vernacular 'knobbies', as in 'ah mate, got ya knobbies on eh ?'.

Contributor's comments: My kids grew up in Toongabie, Western Sydney and always called 'Speedos' bum-suckers.
budgie-smugglers

men's "speedo" swimsuits ("parrot-smugglers" for well-endowed men): I don't think men should be allowed to wear budgie-smugglers in public.

Contributor's comments: I have never heard this expression used and have lived here [Bunbury, WA] all my life.

Contributor's comments: I was very amused to see the recent episode of 'The Secret Life of Us' on the telly the other night all about cossie etiquette and a man's self-image. At one point the character referred to his sluggos as 'budgie-smugglers'. That still gets a laugh out of me.

Contributor's comments: [Nth Coast NSW informant] I had never heard 'budgie smugglers' but my young nephews in Brisbane call them 'sluggos' for the same reason and won't be caught dead in them.

Contributor's comments: speedos: "Nice pair of budgie smugglers you are wearing."

Contributor's comments: I haven't heard this before - but I like it :)

Contributor's comments: Have started hearing this around Brissie and the Goldie. It seems to have been the most memorable of regionalisms mentioned on Triple J last year.

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] Sluggos is the term I commonly use but I also use 'Budgie Smugglers' in reference to the male package when placed in sluggos.

Contributor's comments: Not used traditionally in Brisbane. New. Heard it on the radio to mean... undies.

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] Speedos: "He wearing the budgie smugglers"

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] Men's Jocks. Traditional underpants: "Yeah, Joel's got his budgie smugglers on."

Contributor's comments: [ACT informant] Used to describe brief bathers/swimmers like "speedos" worn my males. The budgee refers to the ------: "You've got your budgee smugglers on".

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] Speedo style bathers - ie, non-boardies: "For the love of God, Evan, please don't wear those budgie smugglers in front of my friends."

Contributor's comments: While not coined by them the word has only recently become popular because it was used by Roy & H.G. a few years ago, perhaps during their olympic show.

Contributor's comments: I'm from Newcastle and have used the terms Sluggos, dickstickers, budgie-smugglers and banana-hammock.

Contributor's comments: I first heard this from Greg Fleet during the "Cheese Shop" comedy show in Melbourne in 1996. Still a common phrase in Melbourne.

Contributor's comments: Saw this one on the ABC TV series "The Games", where John and Bryan were arguing about whether athletes from eras past or from today were better, and John mentioned Des Renford, in passing commenting that Des would "pull on a pair of budgie-smugglers and do a bombie off the white cliffs of Dover."