Definition of Strine in English:


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Pronunciation: /strʌɪn


[mass noun]
1The English language as spoken by Australians; the Australian accent, especially when considered pronounced or uneducated: I found myself speaking Strine within minutes of arrival arriving in Sydney, he applied for a job thinking that copywriter was Strine for copy typist
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  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] An Australian: iced beer stops up the nose—that’s why you Strines talk so funny


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Relating to Australians or Australian English: he spoke with a broad Strine accent
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  • 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 Australian in Strine.

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