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This page is about the slang term ute

Australian English


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"


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
a) rode home b) drove home c) sailed home

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Contributor: Matt Errey