g'day

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of good day.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

g’day

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) Hi, hello.
    • 1901, Bushwoman, “Lizer o' th' Overshot”, Australian Town and Country Journal, December 14:
      "G'day, Missus," said he, with a jerk of his head, and he shifted from one leg to the other, and turned his hat over and over uneasily in his great brown hands.
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      "G'day," said 'Lizer, with a bright smile that revealed the prettiest of white teeth. The girl's mouth was as fresh as a rose.
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      "G'day, Missus, hope you're keepin' well, an' the Boss, an' the children. Got back sooner'n I expected; Well, how's my mate shapin?" said he.
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      It ain't no one's fault but mine," he said, generously. "G'day, Missus; I'm goin' ter find my mate, alive-or dead;" and he galloped away.
    • 2012 February 20, Ned Latham, “Odd behaviour UPLOAD”, aus.computers.linux, Usenet:
      G′day, Muck.
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      Ned
  2. (North America, air traffic control, informal) Denotes the end of a radio transmission.
    Golf Golf Whiskey Golf, cleared the ILS approach runway one two, contact Sault Tower one one eight decimal eight, g'day.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (good day): Used interchangeably with hello and hi, but more characteristically (and stereotypically) Australian/New Zealand, and perhaps the most informal of these options. Also used in the constructions G′day, mate (a greeting to a friend or acquaintance) and G′day, stranger (ironically, to a friend not seen in some time).