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This page is about the slang term ute

Australian English

Meaning: a pickup truck

For example:

  • After shooting two kangaroos, Bruce threw them into the back of his ute and drove back to town.

  • Nearly every farmer in Australia owns a ute.

Origin: short for "utility" or "utility vehicle"

Variety: This is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Jacko threw his tools in the back of his ute and

a. rode home

b. drove home

c. sailed home

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Contributor: Matt Errey