Keeping Kiwi Slang Alive
McGregor's are proud of our choice baked goods, we are also just as proud to support our kiwi heritage by keeping kiwi slang alive.
Vote for your favourite Kiwi slang and every year in the week before ANZAC weekend we will hold the 'Keeping Kiwi Slang Alive' Awards.
Just click on your favourite phrase and your vote will appear automatically.
If you think you have a new piece of Kiwi slang that's not already listed on this website, submit your new piece of slang now and vote away, see how your Kiwi Slang performs at the annual awards.
It’s as easy as pie.
The Slang Rank Votes
     
arse over tit
Head over heels
1 2221
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2206
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2099
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2044
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2033
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 1998
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 1987
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 1984
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 1969
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 1950
     
wai wai express
walking
11 1926
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
12 1922
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1904
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1877
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1874
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1865
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
17 1861
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1857
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 1857
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
20 1848
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
21 1845
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
22 1844
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1842
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1813
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1806
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1801
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 1795
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1793
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
29 1777
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1776
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1769
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
32 1761
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1761
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1749
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1746
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
36 1744
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1741
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1740
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
39 1729
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1727
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1715
     
piece of piss
it's easy
42 1700
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1695
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1685
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1678
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1678
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
47 1640
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
48 1639
     
Good as gold
49 1639
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
50 1637
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1634
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1634
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1623
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1611
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1600
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1593
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1590
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1590
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
59 1584
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1570
     
Crib
bach
61 1530
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1495
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1473
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1460
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1453
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
66 1446
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
67 1442
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
68 1437
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1433
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1428
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
71 1427
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
72 1423
     
Barbie
barbeque
73 1417
     
Rellies
relatives, family
74 1409
     
Tramping
hiking
75 1409
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
76 1408
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
77 1406
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
78 1406
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
79 1404
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1402
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
81 1400
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
82 1398
     
Bach
holiday home
83 1395
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
84 1394
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
85 1394
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
86 1394
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1385
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
88 1385
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
89 1384
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
90 1383
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
91 1383
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
92 1382
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
93 1380
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
94 1376
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
95 1376
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
96 1372
     
Sprog
child
97 1372
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
98 1372
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
99 1369
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
100 1367
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
101 1365
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
102 1363
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
103 1363
     
Ta
thanks
104 1363
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
105 1362
     
Kiwi
new zealander
106 1359
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
107 1358
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
108 1358
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
109 1358
     
Root
have sex, get sex
110 1355
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
111 1353
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
112 1353
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
113 1352
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
114 1352
     
Ropeable
very angry
115 1352
     
Up the duff
pregnant
116 1352
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
117 1351
     
Greasies
fish and chips
118 1350
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
119 1350
     
Sparkie
electrician
120 1350
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
121 1348
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
122 1348
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
123 1347
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
124 1346
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
125 1346
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
126 1345
     
Cockie
farmer
127 1345
     
Handle
pint of beer
128 1345
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
129 1343
     
Lurgy
flu
130 1342
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
131 1340
     
Bloke
man
132 1339
     
Pinky
little finger
133 1339
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
134 1338
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
135 1336
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
136 1335
     
Squiz
take a quick look
137 1335
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
138 1334
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
139 1333
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
140 1332
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
141 1332
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
142 1331
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
143 1330
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
144 1329
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
145 1326
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
146 1326
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
147 1325
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
148 1324
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
149 1324
     
Spud
potato
150 1324
     
Bugger
damn!!
151 1323
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
152 1323
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
153 1323
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
154 1321
     
Flog
steal, rob
155 1321
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
156 1321
     
Chook
chicken
157 1320
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
158 1320
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
159 1320
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
160 1319
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
161 1316
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
162 1314
     
Serviette
paper napkin
163 1310
     
Twink
white-out
164 1310
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
165 1309
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
166 1309
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
167 1308
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
168 1308
     
Happy as larry
very happy
169 1306
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1305
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1303
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
172 1303
     
Creek
small stream
173 1302
     
Nappy
diaper
174 1300
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
175 1298
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
176 1298
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1295
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
178 1293
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
179 1288
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1285
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
181 1282
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
182 1281
     
Kick the Bucket
die
183 1281
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1280
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
185 1280
     
Postal code
zip code
186 1280
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
187 1280
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
188 1279
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1278
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
190 1277
     
Cuz
cousin, family
191 1276
     
Hard yakka
hard work
192 1276
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
193 1275
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1274
     
Tights
pantyhose
195 1271
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
196 1269
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
197 1269
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
198 1267
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
199 1266
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
200 1266
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1264
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1264
     
Pakeha
non maori person
203 1263
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
204 1263
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
205 1261
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
206 1261
     
Oldies
parents
207 1260
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
208 1256
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
209 1251
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1249
     
Torch
flashlight
211 1246
     
Whinge
complain, moan
212 1246
     
Perve
to stare
213 1245
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
214 1244
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
215 1244
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1243
     
Lift
elevator
217 1243
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
218 1243
     
Mate
buddy
219 1241
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1241
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
221 1239
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
222 1237
     
pudding
dessert
223 1237
     
Old Bomb
old car
224 1230
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1228
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1224
     
Ute
small pick up truck
227 1224
     
Lolly
Candy
228 1223
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
229 1219
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
230 1219
     
Motorway
freeway
231 1216
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
232 1207
     
Cheers
thanks
233 1205
     
Scarfie
university student
234 1205
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1201
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
236 1183
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1176
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1175
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1130
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1073
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1016
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 993
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 989
     
crash hot
excellent
244 982
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
245 961
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
246 959
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
247 956
     
kia ora cuz
greeting often used in NZ from one person to another when they are cousins (now more widely used even if they are just a relative or friend)
248 951
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
249 946
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 935
     
Gurb
Food
251 928
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
252 927
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
253 927
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
254 927
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
255 922
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
256 919
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
257 916
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
258 914
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
259 912
     
Yonks
A long time
260 909
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
261 908
     
Hubby
Partner
262 907
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
263 906
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 906
     
Jack up
To organise
265 903
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 902
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
267 901
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
268 901
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 899
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
270 893
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
271 892
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
272 892
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
273 891
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
274 891
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
275 890
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
276 890
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 889
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
278 888
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
279 887
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
280 885
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
281 885
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 879
     
Spill
Tell all
283 874
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
284 873
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 872
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 869
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
287 868
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 867
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
289 865
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
290 864
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
291 863
     
too much
really good
292 860
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
293 857
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
294 857
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 854
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 849
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 843
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
298 840
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
299 840
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 836
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 835
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 831
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 825
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 824
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 816
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 813
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 812
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 805
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 792
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 789
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 776
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 727
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 720
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 687
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 680
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 648
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 602
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime