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 2634
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2550
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2546
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2453
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2446
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2391
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2345
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
8 2333
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2327
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
10 2321
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2314
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2291
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2229
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2224
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
15 2223
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2213
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2206
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2206
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 2174
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2171
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 2166
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 2162
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
23 2159
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2146
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
25 2145
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2129
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
27 2129
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
28 2126
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 2125
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2109
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2095
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2094
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2084
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2078
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 2064
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
36 2063
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2061
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
38 2056
     
Good as gold
39 2051
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2047
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2047
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2039
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2026
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2012
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1992
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1970
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1949
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1928
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1912
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1912
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1909
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1900
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1877
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1874
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 1871
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1865
     
Good nick
good condition
57 1856
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
58 1845
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1843
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1838
     
Crib
bach
61 1828
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
62 1819
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1816
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
64 1792
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1782
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
66 1745
     
Brickie
bricklayer
67 1731
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1729
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
69 1728
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
70 1722
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
71 1721
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
72 1719
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1708
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1704
     
Rellies
relatives, family
75 1696
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1696
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
77 1693
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1679
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
79 1676
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1673
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1669
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1667
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
83 1665
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
84 1664
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
85 1661
     
Chook
chicken
86 1660
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1659
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
88 1651
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
89 1649
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1648
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
91 1644
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
92 1642
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
93 1641
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
94 1641
     
Tramping
hiking
95 1639
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
96 1638
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
97 1636
     
Sprog
child
98 1634
     
Motorway
freeway
99 1633
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
100 1633
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
101 1632
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
102 1630
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
103 1629
     
Sparkie
electrician
104 1628
     
Lift
elevator
105 1627
     
Ropeable
very angry
106 1627
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
107 1626
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
108 1625
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
109 1624
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
110 1622
     
Kiwi
new zealander
111 1622
     
Root
have sex, get sex
112 1622
     
Ta
thanks
113 1621
     
Cockie
farmer
114 1620
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
115 1616
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
116 1615
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
117 1615
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
118 1615
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
119 1614
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
120 1614
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1613
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
122 1611
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1611
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
124 1609
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
125 1607
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1606
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
127 1604
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
128 1602
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
129 1601
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
130 1599
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
131 1598
     
Up the duff
pregnant
132 1597
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
133 1596
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1595
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
135 1595
     
Spud
potato
136 1595
     
Bloke
man
137 1593
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
138 1593
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1591
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
140 1587
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
141 1586
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
142 1586
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
143 1583
     
Creek
small stream
144 1583
     
Pinky
little finger
145 1583
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1582
     
Squiz
take a quick look
147 1578
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
148 1577
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
149 1576
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
150 1576
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
151 1575
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
152 1573
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
153 1570
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1569
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
155 1568
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
156 1566
     
Flog
steal, rob
157 1565
     
Lurgy
flu
158 1564
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1562
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
160 1561
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1560
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
162 1557
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
163 1556
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
164 1554
     
Tights
pantyhose
165 1554
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
166 1553
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
167 1553
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
168 1552
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
169 1550
     
Happy as larry
very happy
170 1550
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
171 1549
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
172 1549
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
173 1548
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
174 1544
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
175 1543
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
176 1543
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
177 1542
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
178 1541
     
Serviette
paper napkin
179 1541
     
Twink
white-out
180 1541
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
181 1538
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
182 1535
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
183 1534
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1532
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1532
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
186 1531
     
Kick the Bucket
die
187 1530
     
Hard yakka
hard work
188 1526
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
189 1526
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
190 1522
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
191 1520
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1520
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
193 1520
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
194 1517
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
195 1514
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
196 1513
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
197 1511
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
198 1510
     
Cuz
cousin, family
199 1509
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
200 1508
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
201 1508
     
Quack
Medical doctor
202 1505
     
Cardi
cardigan
203 1503
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1503
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
205 1502
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
206 1501
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
207 1500
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
208 1498
     
Oldies
parents
209 1497
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
210 1497
     
Mate
buddy
211 1496
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
212 1495
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
213 1493
     
Pakeha
non maori person
214 1490
     
pudding
dessert
215 1489
     
Perve
to stare
216 1488
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
217 1488
     
Postal code
zip code
218 1486
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
219 1485
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
220 1481
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
221 1481
     
Scarfie
university student
222 1481
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
223 1479
     
Snarler
sausage
224 1478
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
225 1476
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
226 1474
     
Torch
flashlight
227 1474
     
Old Bomb
old car
228 1473
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
229 1473
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
230 1467
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1464
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1460
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1449
     
Whinge
complain, moan
234 1447
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1441
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1440
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1398
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1396
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1389
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1309
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1249
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1244
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1214
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1212
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1195
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1191
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1181
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1180
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1166
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1158
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1155
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1148
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1142
     
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)
254 1135
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1130
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
256 1128
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1124
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
258 1123
     
Gurb
Food
259 1117
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 1116
     
Hubby
Partner
261 1116
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1114
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1108
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 1107
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1105
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 1102
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1096
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1094
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1093
     
Yonks
A long time
270 1093
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1091
     
Jack up
To organise
272 1091
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
273 1087
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
274 1087
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1086
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
276 1083
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
277 1082
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
278 1081
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1081
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
280 1080
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
281 1076
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
282 1074
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
283 1073
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1073
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
285 1072
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1072
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
287 1069
     
Spill
Tell all
288 1068
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1065
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
290 1058
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
291 1054
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
292 1053
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
293 1052
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 1051
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
295 1048
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
296 1048
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1045
     
too much
really good
298 1043
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 1024
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
300 1019
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1019
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
302 1018
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
303 1009
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
304 1008
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
305 1008
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
306 1004
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
307 1004
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 995
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 989
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
310 987
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
311 986
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 975
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 929
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 894
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 864
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 851
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 776
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime