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All of you    View Full Details

Also: all of youSign for all of you

Performance: Extend pointer finger out to your side and move in an arc to your opposite side.


Used Australia Wide


bald    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: baldingSign for bald

Performance: With all fingers extended from fist, form a circle with pointer finger and thumb. Draw a circle at the top of your head with pointer fingertip.


Used Australia Wide


beard    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: beardedSign for beard

Performance: Cup all fingers and thumb around chin and draw hand downwards.


Used Australia Wide


big    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: large, enormous, huge, immenseSign for big

Performance: Start with both hands spread, in front of stomach, one slightly in front of the other. Move hands outwards to your sides.


Used Australia Wide


birth    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: give birth, reproduce, have a baby

Performance: With both hands slightly cupped, palms up. Start with one hand at waist, the other just below your waist. Move lower hand up in an arc, across the palm of higher hand then upwards to chest height.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forbirth

blind    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto AvilableSign for blind

Performance: With pointer and middle fingers curved slightly and pointing at eyes, move hand left and right slightly.


Used Australia Wide


blonde    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: blond, hair

Performance: First; form a circle with pointer and thumb at temple. Then spread fingers out and forwards, palm towards ear, and turn fingers backwards around head, touching hair with spread hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forblonde

boss    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: supervisor, manager, captain, superior, chief, director, foreman, supervisor

Performance: Start with pointer finger and thumb extended in an L shape, pointer finger pointing up near ear. Move hand sharply so that pointer finger points backwards.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forboss

boy    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger extended and pointing towards opposite side, move finger left and right at chin.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forboy

boy    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger extended upwards from fist (palm towards body), tap chin with pointer fingertip twice.


State Usage: NSW, QLD,

Sign forboy

chest    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: lungs

Performance: With fingers spread apart and pointing sideways tap hand to chest.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forchest

child    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: kid, little child

Performance: Start by forming a circle with pointer finger and thumb and place tips of circle on chin. Then move hand forwards and down to in front of waist, palm down, fingers apart and pointing forward.


Usage Notes: Step one is derived from little. It is like saying a little person about this tall.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forchild

children    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: kid

Performance: With flat hand, fingers slightly bent forward, at waist height, move hand up and down two or three times.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forchild

children    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: kids

Performance: With flat hand, fingers slightly bent forward, at waist height, move hand out sideways in a number of small bounces.


Usage Notes: more bounces often indicate more children; and location of sign can change to refer to specific children (the children over there, in the distance, would be signed gestured out in the direction of the children)

Hint: Many little heads at waist height.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forchildren

children    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: kids, little children

Performance: Start by forming a circle with pointer finger and thumb and place tips of circle on chin. Then move hand forwards and down to in front of waist, palm down, fingers apart and pointing forward; bounce hand sideways three or more times. (sometimes just slide sideways instead of bounce)


Usage Notes: more bounces often indicate more children; and location of sign can change to refer to specific children (the children over there, in the distance, would be signed gestured out in the direction of the children)

Hint: Many little heads at waist height.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forchildren

cochlear Implant    View Full Details Colour Lineart Avilable

Also: cochlear implant

Performance: With pointer and middle fingers extended from fist and bent towards head, tap finger tips to head just above and behind ear.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forcochlear

Curly Hair    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Move upwards pointing finger in a downwards spiral beside head.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forcurly

dark    View Full Details Photo AvilableSign for dark

Performance: Start with pointer and middle fingers hooked sideways in front of eyes. Twist hand at wrist so that fingers end pointing towards eyes.


Used Australia Wide


deaf    View Full Details Colour Lineart Avilable

Also: DeafSign for deaf

Performance: Touch ear with extended pointer and middle fingers together.


Used Australia Wide


deaf and mute    View Full Details Colour Lineart Avilable

Also: deaf mute, deafSign for deaf and mute

Performance: Touch ear with extended pointer and middle fingers together, then bring fingers to mouth.


Usage Notes: Less popular sign for deaf, as it also implies mute.


Used Australia Wide


divorced    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: divorced, separate

Performance: Start with pointer fingers extended on both hands, side by side, pointing forward. Swing hands down and out to sides in an arc.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fordivorce

ear    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Tap ear with pointer finger.


Usage Notes: Can also be signed by tapping pointer finger against one ear and then the other.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forear

eye    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Tap near eye with pointer finger.


Usage Notes: Can also be signed by tapping pointer finger near one eye and then the other.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foreye

eyebrow    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer fingers on both hands extended and slightly curved, trace eyebrows to centre of forehead.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foreyebrow

face    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: features

Performance: With pointer finger extended draw a circle with finger around face, starting and ending at chin.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forface

Face    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: features

Performance: With pointer finger extended draw a circle with finger around face, starting and ending at chin.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forface

fat    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: overweight, chubby

Performance: With fingers of both hands spread and curved, palms towards neck, bring hands outwards.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forfat

friend    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: friendly

Performance: With one hand holding the other fist bounce hands downwards twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forfriend

girl    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Rub extended pointer finger downwards on opposite cheek to hand, twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forgirl

girl    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger extended sideways from fist, palm down, tap forehead three times with side of pointer finger.


State Usage: NSW, QLD,

Sign forgirl

glasses    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: spectacles, sunglasses

Performance: Point to edge of eye. Draw finger along face to top of ear in a small wave.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forglasses

grow up    View Full Details

Also: growing up, childhood

Performance: Start with hand flat at side near waist, palm down, fingertips pointing forward. Move hand upwards to head height.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forgrow up

hair    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger hooked over extended thumb tap hand to head, gently, twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhair

hair    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger hooked over extended thumb tap hand to head, gently, twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhair

hair bun    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: bun in hair, bun

Performance: With fingers spread and bent forward, palm facing forward, tap fingertips to back of head. Also done with two hands at side of head for hair buns on both sides.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhair bun

hairy    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With hand in a fist, thumb straight and pointer finger hooked around the top of thumb; tap thumb to hair above temple twice, then tap on shoulder, chest and stomach.


Usage Notes: This sign is an 'evolve' of the sign hair. Effectively it means hair here and hair here and so on.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhairy

hand    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: Hold one hand flat, palm facing you, fingertips pointing upwards. With you other hand grasp first hand so that thumb holds on to the palm and all other fingers hold the back of hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhand

He / She/ Him/ Her    View Full Details

Also: she, him, her

Performance: Point out to your side (or at the person).


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhe

hearing    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: hearing person

Performance: Place tip of extended pointer finger to ear, then move hand in an arc so that fingertip ends at the corner of mouth.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhearing

hearing-aid    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: hearing aid

Performance: Raise fist to ear, palm facing forward and pointer finger hooked. Move back over the ear, bending hand back at wrist. As if tracing the over the ear type of hearing aid.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhearing-aid

I / Me    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: meSign for I

Performance: Point towards chest


Used Australia Wide


lady    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: woman, womanly, female, feminine

Performance: Slide fingertips of flat hand down cheek on the same side as hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlady

pale    View Full Details

Also: pale, lightenSign for light

Performance: Start with hand in front of eyes, middle and pointer fingers touching thumb, and palm facing face. Bring hand outwards and straighten pointer and middle fingers upwards.


Used Australia Wide


lips    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger extended from fist and pointing towards mouth, start with tip near the corner of mouth and use fingertip to draw a line in front of lips.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlips

long hair    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: long straight hair

Performance: Touch pointer finger to side of head at top and move finger down side of head, past shoulder in a straight line. Draw the line down lower for longer hair.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlong hair

man    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: male, masculine

Performance: Take clenched fist and pull away from chin. Alternative: Tap chin twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forman

married    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: husband, wife, marriage

Performance: Form a circle with pointer finger and thumb. All other fingers remain extended. Slide fingertips of circled fingers along the ring finger of the other hand from fingertip to knuckle.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formarried

moustache    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Pinch pointer finger and thumb together on both hands. Start with fingertips meeting under nose , palms facing forward. Move hands downwards in an arc towards sides.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formoustache

mouth    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger extended from fist and pointing towards mouth, start with tip near the corner of mouth and use fingertip to draw a small circle in front of mouth.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formouth

mute    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: non oral

Performance: Place flat hand on mouth.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formute

my / mine    View Full Details

Also: mine

Performance: Place fist, palm in, on chest.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formy

nose    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Performance: Touch extended pointer finger to tip of nose.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornose

Old    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: old age

Performance: Draw slightly curved pointer and middle fingers down nose, with fingers on either side of nose.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forold

people    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: person

Performance: Slide pointer finger down nose twice


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpeople

people    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: person

Performance: Take extended pointer finger upwards in an arc from chin to bridge of nose.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpeople

person    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: character, client

Performance: With pointer and thumb forming a sideways C shape at the top of fist, move hand down at side of body.


Usage Notes: Often used after a noun to signify occupation, e.g. Build + person = Builder


Used Australia Wide

Sign forperson

pimpled    View Full Details

Also: acne, spots

Performance: With pointer finger extended from fist and bent towards face (with hand to side of face with palm facing face), tap pointer fingertip to chin and then around cheek and number of times.


Usage Notes: Two taps indicates only a few pimples, 7 means lots and lots


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpimples

plait    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: plaiting, braid

Performance: With pointer fingers hooked over extended thumbs on both hands, and hands up near one side of neck and move both hands downwards in curved zig zags.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forplait

pregnant    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: pregnancy, conceive

Performance: Start with hand spread and palm touching stomach. Move hand forward.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpregnant

short (height)    View Full Details Colour Lineart Avilable

Also: not tall

Performance: With fingers bent into an upside down L shape at head height, move hand downwards.


Usage Notes: AS in short person…short in height


Used Australia Wide

Sign forshort

short hair    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: short hair

Performance: First : with pointer finger hooked over extended thumb tap hand to head, gently, twice. Then : with fingers bent into an upside down L shape, tap finger tips to neck hair line.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forshort hair

stomach    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: tummy

Performance: With hand flat, horizontal, and thumb pointing upwards; tap stomach with hand once or twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forstomach

straight hair    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: Touch pointer finger to side of head at top and move finger down side of head in a straight line. Draw the line down lower for longer hair.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forstraight hair

student    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: pupil, study, learn

Performance: Form a circle with all fingers and thumb. Start by tapping fingertips on palm of other hand. Then tap fingertips to forehead.


Usage Notes: Sometimes starts with fingers spread out instead of bunched.

Hint: The flat hand is like a book. Take knowledge from the book into your mind.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forstudent

their    View Full Details

Also: theirs

Performance: With back of fist near chest move hand outwards in an arc.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortheir

them / They    View Full Details

Also: they, them, those

Performance: With arm out in front of side, use pointer finger to draw an arc out sideways. Exact width of motion and direction depends on context


Usage Notes: Also used to sign they


Used Australia Wide

Sign forthem

These    View Full Details

Performance: Point finger forward and move hand in a forward circle.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forthese

thin    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart Avilable

Also: skinny, lean, narrow

Performance: With pointer fingers and thumbs extended and close together, one pointer tip resting on the other, move top hand up and bottom hand down.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forthin

Those    View Full Details

Performance: With arm extended to side at shoulder height, point forward with extended pointer finger and move hand in a forward circle.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forthose

tounge    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With tongue pointing out of mouth, and pointer finger extended from fist and pointing towards tongue; move pointer tip towards tongue twice (without actually touching tongue)


Usage Notes: May be signed without exposing tongue, perhaps with mouth open slightly.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortongue

twins    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With pointer and middle fingers extended straight up from fist, apart and with palm facing forward and wrist in front of shoulder; keeping arm still, shake hand left and right two or three times.


Usage Notes: More common in Southern States


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortwins

Us    View Full Details

Performance: Touch pointer finger to chest, on side of hand. Then draw forward in a large arc and across to other side of chest. End touching pointer finger to other side of chest.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forus

we / Us    View Full Details

Also: us

Performance: Both hands point to opposite sides, with arms crossed, move hands outward in sweeping motion until hands point out on their own sides


Used Australia Wide

Sign forwe

who?    View Full Details Colour Lineart Avilable

Also: someone, whoever, which one of youSign for who

Performance: Point up and rotate hand in a horizontal circle.


Used Australia Wide


you    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: him, herSign for you

Performance: Point forward or towards the person.


Used Australia Wide


You're all / All of you    View Full Details

Also: all of you

Performance: With fist in front of you, palm forward, move hand in an arc to your side.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foryou are all

Young    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: juvenile

Performance: Start with pointer and middle fingers extended above thumb and touching nose. Bring hand downwards and touch fingers to thumb.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foryoung

your / Yours    View Full Details

Performance: Hold up fist at shoulder height, palm forward and move forward from body or in the direction of the person.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foryour

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