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Etymology

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Clipping of Australia +‎ -ie.

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Noun

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Aussie (plural Aussies)

  1. (colloquial) An Australian.
  2. (colloquial) An Australian Shepherd dog.
  3. (slang, finance) Australian dollar (see also; Aussie dollar).

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Proper noun

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Aussie

  1. (colloquial) Australia (now uncommon except in sporting chants and in New Zealand).

Adjective

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Aussie (not generally comparable, comparative more Aussie, superlative most Aussie)

  1. (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, British, South Africa, colloquial) Australian.
    • 1987, Kerry Cue, Hang On To Your Horses Doovers, page 5:
      From the Marvel Mixmaster to the Miracle Microwave, every time a new-fangled gadget has lobbed into the Aussie kitchen, Aussie mums have changed their cooking styles accordingly.
    • 1998, Gordon L. Steinbrook, Allies and Mates: An American Soldier with the Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam 1966-1967[1], page 63:
      Most Aussie officers seemed this way to me; always cool, deliberate, and extremely rational in their decision making, a far cry from the American leadership I had seen during my first year in the army.
    • 2010, Veechi Curtis, Lynley Averis, Bookkeeping For Dummies, page 81:
      Here's something I learned the hard way: The very best time of year to start off with accounting software is the beginning of the financial year (1 July for most Aussie businesses, and 1 April for most Kiwi businesses).
    • 2011, Wiley Trading Guide[2], volume 2, John Wiley & Sons Inc, page 153:
      For example, if you buy US dollars (USD) using Australian dollars (AUD) and the Aussie dollar falls, you can then sell your US dollars and you will have made money as you will have more Aussie dollars than you started with.
    • 2008, Lois Nicholls, Aussie, Actually[3], page 111:
      They′re the ‘Almost Aussies’ who embrace their new culture with a vengeance – some becoming more Aussie than Aussies.
    • 2008, Janet Fife-Yeomans, Heath: A Family's Tale[4], page 65:
      You couldn't get more Aussie than the cast he chose—or their cars. The goodies drive Holdens and the baddies cruise around in a big, grunting, chocolate-brown Monaro.
    • 2010, Quintin Jardine, Screen Savers, unnumbered page:
      ‘I'm a perfectionist, mate,’ he said, his accent becoming noticeably more Aussie, as it always did in private.
    • 2015, Johnny Lieu, “Cronulla Riots: What happened on one of Australia's darkest days”, in Mashable[5]:
      'Every fucking aussie. Go to Cronulla Beach Sunday for some Leb and wog bashing Aussie Pride ok.'

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  • The pronunciations with /s/ instead of /z/ are considered erroneous by Australians and New Zealanders.

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