Macquarie Dictionary


What’s for brekkie? Or is it breaky? Or breakie?

Our stomachs are rumbling. Care to share some slang words with us over brekkie? Or perhaps you spell it breaky or even breakie? Whichever way, that’s breakfast. The most important meal of the day.

Naturally, after breaking our fast we looked through our database in search of other breakfast related words. Have you ever eaten a bushman’s breakfastalso known as a Dingo’s breakfast? This fine way to start your day consists of a piss and a good look around. In other words, no breakfast at all!

What if I said I was going to eat you for breakfast? You might think I’ve watched Silence of the Lambs one too many times. In fact, to eat someone for breakfast means to beat them resoundingly in a contest.

Have you ever made a dog’s breakfast of things? That is, caused a mess or a confused state of affairs? A dog’s breakfast is also known as a dog’s dinner, which gives us the perfect pivot to our evening meal. When asked what’s for tonight’s dinner be sure to put on your penguin suit and respond bread and duck under the table.

Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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