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Contraction of good day.
- (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, colloquial) Hi, hello.
- 1901 December 14, Bushwoman, “Lizer o' th' Overshot”, in Australian Town and Country Journal:
- "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.
"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.
"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.
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.
- (Canada, US, air traffic control, informal) Denotes the end of a radio transmission.
- (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).