December 22nd, 2012

  • sikambr

Australian English question

Recently, I came across a Russian dictionary that claimed that in Australia the word 'creek' means a dry riverbed, or a seasonal stream that dries out in summer. Several other English-Russian dictionaries concur. Yet, American dictionaries, such as Webster, agree that the word 'creek' in Australian English has exactly the same meaning as here in the U.S., namely 'a small to moderate stream of water, not necessarily drying out in summer'.

My question is to linguaphiles from Down under: what does the word 'creek' mean in your idiolect?