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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Possibly (putative obsolete brand of roll-your-own tobacco) + -y (diminutive suffix).

David Bradley, Australian Journal of Linguistics (1989) suggests that it may be derived from a widely used brand of loose tobacco used for roll-your-owns, Bull Durham, clipped and resuffixed with the most productive suffix for forming new colloquial words in Australian English.

Suggested that it was a term brought back from ANZAC forces as a Dhurrie Rug and a cigarette are both rolled.

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durry (plural durries)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A cigarette, especially a roll-your-own.
    • 2003, C. C. Saint-Clair, Far from Maddy[1], page 224:
      “Fire-head lady, you got a smoke?” asks the younger of the two men. “You got a durry. Cigarette.”
    • 2004, Jay Verney, Percussion[2], page 118:
      He pulled a tobacco pouch out of his pocket with a plastic bag containing what had to be a mind-altering substance. “You′re welcome to join me in a durry,” he said, rolling himself a cigarette.
    • 2007, Kevin Hallewell, Woop Woop[3], page 151:
      He thought for a moment as he deftly rolled the paper and tobacco into a durry, licked the edge and stuck it down.
    • 2015, Charlotte Wood, The Natural Way of Things, Allen & Unwin 2018, p. 3:
      This was the first thing Yolanda knew in the dark morning. (That and where's my durries?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms.



  1. Alternative form of dhurrie