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 2365
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2331
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2241
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2172
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2154
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2134
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2104
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2099
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2089
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2085
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2064
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2058
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2017
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
14 1997
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 1992
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1991
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 1991
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1970
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1969
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1968
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1967
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1954
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 1951
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1930
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1930
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
26 1924
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1921
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1912
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1897
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1896
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1888
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1880
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1874
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1864
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1861
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1855
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1853
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1853
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
39 1846
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1845
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1834
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1827
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1819
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1815
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1809
     
Good as gold
46 1787
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1780
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1770
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1749
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1742
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1739
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1737
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1723
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1719
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1711
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1706
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1702
     
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 1695
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
59 1691
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
60 1689
     
Crib
bach
61 1667
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1659
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1571
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
64 1570
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1569
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
66 1566
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
67 1565
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
68 1559
     
Rellies
relatives, family
69 1556
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
70 1553
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
71 1548
     
Bach
holiday home
72 1542
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
73 1539
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
74 1538
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
75 1537
     
Chick
woman/female
76 1532
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
77 1528
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
78 1527
     
Barbie
barbeque
79 1523
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
80 1518
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
81 1518
     
Tramping
hiking
82 1507
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
83 1501
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1501
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
85 1499
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
86 1498
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1498
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
88 1497
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1497
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
90 1494
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1492
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
92 1491
     
Handle
pint of beer
93 1491
     
Lift
elevator
94 1490
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
95 1489
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
96 1488
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
97 1488
     
Kiwi
new zealander
98 1486
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
99 1484
     
Ta
thanks
100 1484
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
101 1484
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
102 1481
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
103 1480
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1478
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
105 1478
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
106 1477
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
107 1474
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
108 1471
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
109 1470
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
110 1470
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
111 1468
     
Sprog
child
112 1468
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
113 1467
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
114 1466
     
Root
have sex, get sex
115 1465
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
116 1464
     
Cockie
farmer
117 1463
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
118 1463
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
119 1463
     
Ropeable
very angry
120 1459
     
Up the duff
pregnant
121 1458
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1456
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1456
     
Bugger
damn!!
124 1454
     
Chook
chicken
125 1454
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
126 1454
     
Pinky
little finger
127 1453
     
Greasies
fish and chips
128 1452
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
129 1452
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
130 1449
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1449
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1449
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
133 1445
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
134 1444
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
135 1444
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
136 1444
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
137 1443
     
Sparkie
electrician
138 1443
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
139 1442
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
140 1442
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
141 1441
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
142 1439
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
143 1437
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1437
     
Lurgy
flu
145 1437
     
Bloke
man
146 1433
     
Spud
potato
147 1433
     
Squiz
take a quick look
148 1433
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
149 1430
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
150 1430
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
151 1430
     
Creek
small stream
152 1428
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1427
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1427
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
155 1426
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
156 1424
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
157 1422
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
158 1421
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1421
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
160 1420
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1418
     
Flog
steal, rob
162 1417
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
163 1415
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
164 1412
     
Serviette
paper napkin
165 1412
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1410
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
167 1407
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1407
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
169 1406
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
170 1405
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
171 1405
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
172 1403
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1403
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
174 1401
     
Twink
white-out
175 1400
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
176 1399
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
177 1398
     
Nappy
diaper
178 1398
     
Motorway
freeway
179 1392
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
180 1390
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1390
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
182 1387
     
Hard yakka
hard work
183 1387
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
184 1385
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
185 1384
     
Cardi
cardigan
186 1383
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
187 1381
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
188 1380
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
189 1379
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1379
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
191 1378
     
Kick the Bucket
die
192 1378
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
193 1378
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
194 1378
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1377
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
196 1376
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
197 1375
     
Cuz
cousin, family
198 1371
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
199 1370
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1367
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
201 1365
     
Postal code
zip code
202 1365
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
203 1365
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1363
     
Oldies
parents
205 1363
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
206 1363
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
207 1361
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
208 1360
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1357
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1354
     
Perve
to stare
211 1352
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
212 1352
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1349
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
214 1348
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1345
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
216 1344
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
217 1344
     
Mate
buddy
218 1343
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1341
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1340
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
221 1336
     
Whinge
complain, moan
222 1336
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
223 1330
     
Torch
flashlight
224 1329
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
225 1328
     
pudding
dessert
226 1328
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
227 1324
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1322
     
Scarfie
university student
229 1320
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
230 1319
     
Old Bomb
old car
231 1318
     
Ute
small pick up truck
232 1317
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
233 1312
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1311
     
Lolly
Candy
235 1310
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1294
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1272
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1259
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1251
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1177
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1086
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
242 1085
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
243 1073
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1067
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1057
     
crash hot
excellent
246 1051
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
247 1049
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1043
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1042
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1037
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
251 1036
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1028
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 1027
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1020
     
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)
255 1016
     
Gurb
Food
256 998
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 997
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 996
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 991
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 991
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 988
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 981
     
Hubby
Partner
263 979
     
Yonks
A long time
264 979
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 978
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 977
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
267 977
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
268 976
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 972
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
270 970
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
271 968
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
272 967
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
273 966
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
274 966
     
Jack up
To organise
275 965
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
276 965
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
277 962
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
278 962
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 961
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 960
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
281 956
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
282 955
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 947
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 946
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 945
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
286 942
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 942
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 940
     
Spill
Tell all
289 939
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
290 936
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 935
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 922
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 920
     
too much
really good
294 917
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
295 916
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 916
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
297 916
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 914
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 905
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 902
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 900
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 896
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 894
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 893
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 885
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 882
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 880
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 876
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
309 869
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 868
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 851
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 844
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 798
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 754
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 750
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 727
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 667
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime