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


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.

Words that rhyme with Strine

align, assign, benign, brine, chine, cline, combine, condign, confine, consign, dine, divine, dyne, enshrine, entwine, fine, frontline, hardline, interline, intertwine, kine, Klein, line, Main, malign, mine, moline, nine, on-line, opine, outshine, pine, Rhein, Rhine, shine, shrine, sign, sine, spine, spline, stein, swine, syne, thine, tine, trine, twine, Tyne, underline, undermine, vine, whine, wine

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