Definition of Strine in English:


Syllabification: Strine
Pronunciation: /strīn
(also strine) informal


1The English language as spoken by Australians; the Australian accent, especially when considered striking or uneducated.
More example sentences
  • On this week's program, Bruce Shapiro explains and demonstrates the differences between speaking Strine and Speaking American.
  • 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.
1.1An Australian.


Back to top  
Of or relating to Australians or Australian English: he spoke with a broad Strine accent
More example sentences
  • Ex-Tampa families will soon have Strine accents and vocabularies.
  • The only difference was that the American update came as an ‘embassy notice’ while ours was its Strine equivalent, an ‘embassy bulletin’.
  • 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 the pronunciation of Australian in Strine.

Definition of Strine in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day dinkum
Pronunciation: ˈdɪŋkəm
(of an article or person) genuine, honest, true