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 2183
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2172
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2066
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2010
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 1998
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 1960
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 1954
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 1952
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 1938
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 1903
     
wai wai express
walking
11 1896
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
12 1884
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1874
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1843
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1840
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1834
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
17 1831
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
18 1827
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1826
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
20 1815
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
21 1813
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1812
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
23 1812
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1780
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1776
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1772
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 1764
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1762
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
29 1746
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1742
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1740
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
32 1731
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
33 1723
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1719
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1717
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
36 1715
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1710
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1707
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
39 1697
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1695
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1685
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
42 1663
     
piece of piss
it's easy
43 1658
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1656
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1647
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1647
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
47 1607
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
48 1606
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
49 1605
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
50 1602
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
51 1601
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
52 1597
     
Good as gold
53 1594
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1583
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1571
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1566
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1561
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1560
     
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 1556
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1544
     
Crib
bach
61 1492
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1470
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1448
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1428
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1426
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
66 1419
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
67 1416
     
Brickie
bricklayer
68 1402
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
69 1397
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1396
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
71 1396
     
Barbie
barbeque
72 1389
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
73 1389
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
74 1380
     
Tramping
hiking
75 1380
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
76 1379
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
77 1377
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
78 1377
     
Rellies
relatives, family
79 1376
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
80 1375
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
81 1372
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1371
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
83 1367
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
84 1362
     
Bach
holiday home
85 1361
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
86 1359
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1359
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
88 1357
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1356
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
90 1355
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
91 1353
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
92 1352
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
93 1350
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
94 1349
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
95 1348
     
Sprog
child
96 1345
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
97 1344
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
98 1343
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
99 1334
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
100 1334
     
Ta
thanks
101 1334
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
102 1333
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
103 1332
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
104 1330
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
105 1330
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
106 1330
     
Kiwi
new zealander
107 1328
     
Root
have sex, get sex
108 1327
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
109 1326
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
110 1325
     
Sparkie
electrician
111 1324
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
112 1323
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
113 1323
     
Greasies
fish and chips
114 1323
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
115 1323
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
116 1322
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
117 1321
     
Up the duff
pregnant
118 1321
     
Ropeable
very angry
119 1320
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
120 1319
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
121 1318
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
122 1318
     
Lurgy
flu
123 1317
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
124 1316
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
125 1315
     
Handle
pint of beer
126 1315
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
127 1314
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
128 1313
     
Bloke
man
129 1311
     
Cockie
farmer
130 1311
     
Pinky
little finger
131 1310
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
132 1309
     
Squiz
take a quick look
133 1309
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
134 1308
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
135 1308
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
136 1307
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
137 1307
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
138 1306
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1305
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
140 1303
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
141 1300
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
142 1300
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
143 1300
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
144 1300
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
145 1300
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
146 1299
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
147 1298
     
Spud
potato
148 1296
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
149 1295
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
150 1295
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
151 1294
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
152 1293
     
Flog
steal, rob
153 1293
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
154 1293
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
155 1293
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1291
     
Bugger
damn!!
157 1290
     
Chook
chicken
158 1290
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
159 1290
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
160 1287
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
161 1284
     
Serviette
paper napkin
162 1284
     
Twink
white-out
163 1284
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
164 1283
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
165 1283
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
166 1282
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1279
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
168 1278
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1277
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
170 1275
     
Creek
small stream
171 1273
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
172 1272
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
173 1272
     
Nappy
diaper
174 1271
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
175 1270
     
Happy as larry
very happy
176 1270
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
177 1267
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
178 1267
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
179 1260
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1256
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
181 1256
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
182 1255
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
183 1254
     
Postal code
zip code
184 1254
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
185 1253
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
186 1251
     
Cuz
cousin, family
187 1250
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
188 1250
     
Kick the Bucket
die
189 1250
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
190 1249
     
Hard yakka
hard work
191 1249
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
192 1246
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
193 1245
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1244
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
195 1243
     
Tights
pantyhose
196 1241
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
197 1240
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
198 1238
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
199 1237
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
200 1236
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
201 1236
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1234
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
203 1234
     
Oldies
parents
204 1233
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
205 1232
     
Pakeha
non maori person
206 1232
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
207 1232
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
208 1227
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1222
     
Torch
flashlight
210 1219
     
Perve
to stare
211 1218
     
Whinge
complain, moan
212 1218
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
213 1217
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
214 1217
     
Lift
elevator
215 1217
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
216 1217
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
217 1216
     
Mate
buddy
218 1216
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
219 1216
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1213
     
pudding
dessert
221 1211
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
222 1209
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
223 1208
     
Old Bomb
old car
224 1202
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1201
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1197
     
Lolly
Candy
227 1196
     
Ute
small pick up truck
228 1194
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
229 1190
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
230 1185
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
231 1176
     
Motorway
freeway
232 1176
     
Scarfie
university student
233 1176
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1175
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1172
     
Veges
Vegetables
236 1149
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1147
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
238 1127
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1100
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1045
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 996
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 971
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 967
     
crash hot
excellent
244 963
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
245 937
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
246 935
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
247 933
     
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)
248 929
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
249 912
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 911
     
Gurb
Food
251 909
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
252 908
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
253 907
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
254 907
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
255 901
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
256 897
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 896
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
258 895
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 892
     
Yonks
A long time
260 887
     
Hubby
Partner
261 886
     
Jack up
To organise
262 886
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
263 884
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
264 883
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 882
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 882
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
267 882
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
268 878
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
269 878
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
270 874
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
271 872
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
272 871
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
273 871
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
274 871
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
275 871
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
276 869
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
277 869
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
278 867
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 867
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
280 866
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
281 860
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 857
     
Spill
Tell all
283 854
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 854
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 852
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
286 849
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
287 847
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 846
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
289 843
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
290 842
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
291 839
     
too much
really good
292 839
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
293 837
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
294 836
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 834
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 830
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 822
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
298 820
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
299 820
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 819
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 812
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 810
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 803
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 800
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 795
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 795
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 790
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 787
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 773
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 769
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 752
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 702
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 695
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 659
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 657
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 625
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 582
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime