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- n. (noun) Men's swimming briefs.
- n. (noun) A small bag attached to the belt or with an integral strap; bum bag.
Budgie smugglers are probably known in the more sophisticated world of Canadian swim wear as simply 'bikini briefs.' But in Australia, where an adolescent, sniggering humour is not so much a sign of immaturity as it is a sign of a blue-blood patriot, 'budgie smuggler' has become the joke that keeps on giving. The tight-fitting swimwear allows for a lump in the front which, according to the wit who devised the phrase, resembles a lame attempt by a hapless man to discreetly smuggle a budgerigar. (Where the smuggler intends taking this budgie has never been revealed.)
Mr Baillieu emerged out of the sea in his budgie smugglers to announce a coastal policy during last year's Victorian election campaign, and was savaged for his 'wardrobe malfunction'.
He added that 'budgie smugglers' had also improved design-wise over the years and new technologies and fabrics allowed them to 'cling in all the right places'.
'Budgie smuggler' is Australian slang that originated around 2001. 'Budgie' is short for 'budgerigar,' a type of parakeet.