budgie smugglers

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(swimming costume): A jocular reference to a man's tight-fitting swimming costume or swimsuit appearing as if he has a budgerigar concealed inside it, ie. his bulging genitals.


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budgie smugglers pl (plural only)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A style of tightfitting men's swimming costume cut like underwear briefs that covers the buttocks and groin but not the legs and reveals the bulge of the genitals; especially worn in surf lifesaving and in swimming races.
    • 2006 July 9, Annabel Crabb, “UK learns rules of Texas hold 'em”, in The Sydney Morning Herald[1]:
      Roughly, the rule goes: if you have just swum, are planning to swim soon or are reasonably proximate to a place where others are swimming, then your budgie smugglers are perfectly acceptable.
    • 2006 November 23, Stuart Rintoul, “Bracks's walk was on the wild side”, in The Australian[2]:
      "Mr Baillieu has popped out of the water in his budgie-smugglers, but he doesn't reckon that climate change is a problem," Garrett scoffed. "I mean, give me a break."
    • 2012 January 11, Amy Findlay, “Awesome Ironman!”, in Milton Ulladulla Times[3]:
      “If you think that men in budgie smugglers don’t look good, well all the blokes in this race still have it and they looked great,” she joked.
    • 2012 January 12, Kate Starke, “Smuggler hid illegal abalone in underpants”, in Herald Sun[4]:
      A MAN has been fined and banned from recreational fishing in Victoria after confusing his budgie smugglers for abalone smugglers.


budgie smugglers

  1. plural of budgie smuggler