Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stubbie n.

also stub, stubby
(Aus./N.Z.)

1. a short, squat beer bottle holding 375ml (13fl oz); occas. the beer itself; latterly used of cans (see cit. 1968).

[US]Encyc. Britannica IV 106/2: A variety of standardized forms and sizes of bottles are in use, including the so-called Stubby, Steinie, Packie, Export and Single Trip bottles.
[US]Encyc. Britannica IV 106/2: [as 1950] .
[Aus]J. O’Grady Gone Troppo (1969) 82: A bottle o’ stubby. That sure-as-god good strong ice-cold Aussie beer.
[Aus]K. Willey Ghosts of the Big Country 163: Few visitors went anywhere without their ‘calling-card,’ usually consisting of one or more ‘Darwin Stubbies’.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 78: ’E smashed a stubby over ’is own ’ead and blood came out like water, true’s God.
S. Thorne Battler 59: ‘You’re a bloody dag O’Brien, no doubt about it. Slow on the shout too - crack another stub, that first one hasn’t even hit the bottom’.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 107: [...] pulling the ring pull off another stubbie.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) 16 Aug. [Internet] Roberta, who is only five, can open a twist top stubby like she was born to it.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 14 Sept. 5: One is the hearty, red-necked Crocodile Dundee, downing a ‘stubbie’ bottle of Castlemaine XXXX.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
Google Groups: aus.sport.rugby-league 10 Jan. [Internet] I’ve drank it over there, draught and bottled, and even had a stub here a few months back.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] She was holding two stubbies of Coopers Red.

2. usu. in pl., shorts [underpinned by brandname Stubbies].

[Aus]Australian 7 Apr. 3: Stubbies – the football shorts with pockets – have become an international fashion [...] Although the Stubby is a very Australian name – thought of in the context of short shorts to go with short bottles of beer – Mr Phillips is confident they will become as American as apple pie .
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 51: Mr Foster puts on his stubbies and heads off to the SCG for the cricket.
[UK]B. Chatwin Songlines 34: Wearing the standard uniform of the Outback male: [...] ‘stubbies’, which are green, tight-fitting, zipless shorts.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 105: A pair of black Stubbies, a Bonds T-shirt.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) May [Internet] Guts Ghoul [...] reckoned some Nudes Unlimited journos had been pissing into his stubbies. If that meant his shorts he wouldn’t have minded, but he was talking about his beer.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Peter was dressed in stubbies and a VB singlet.

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