Aussies are renowned for shortening or abbreviating words and expressions, often adding –o or –ie after the word has been abbreviated.
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Abbreviation of utility truck, a vehicle designed to carry small loads. It has a two door cab that looks like a sedan, and, instead of a back seat and boot, a built-in tray with fixed sides.
Many towns have an annual gathering of utes for competitive display, called a ute muster, with prizes awarded in categories such as 'best street ute' and 'best feral ute'.
Hear the word ute in use (MP3 41kb)