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 2718
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2657
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2629
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2549
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2529
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2498
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2435
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2421
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2419
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2410
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2391
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2372
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2318
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2306
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2302
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2300
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2290
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2286
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2265
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2255
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2246
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2245
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
23 2241
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
24 2241
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2233
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2216
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2211
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2211
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2204
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2194
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2180
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2174
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2168
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2161
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2154
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2150
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2144
     
Good as gold
38 2142
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2137
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2133
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2129
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2126
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2104
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2093
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2069
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2049
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2014
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1995
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1992
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1980
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1980
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1976
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1951
     
it's all good
everything is organised
54 1945
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1941
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1939
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
57 1919
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
58 1914
     
Good nick
good condition
59 1912
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1901
     
Crib
bach
61 1894
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1893
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
63 1890
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
64 1874
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
65 1862
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1861
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1804
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1799
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1793
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
70 1792
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
71 1790
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1788
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1780
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1763
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1763
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
76 1760
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1759
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1746
     
Chook
chicken
79 1744
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1743
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
81 1741
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
82 1737
     
Handle
pint of beer
83 1736
     
Barbie
barbeque
84 1730
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
85 1730
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
86 1728
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
87 1718
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
88 1717
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
89 1713
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1713
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
91 1712
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
92 1710
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
93 1709
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
94 1708
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
95 1708
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1707
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
97 1704
     
Sprog
child
98 1704
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
99 1702
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
100 1700
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
101 1697
     
Sparkie
electrician
102 1697
     
Tramping
hiking
103 1696
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1695
     
Ropeable
very angry
105 1694
     
Lift
elevator
106 1693
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
107 1693
     
Root
have sex, get sex
108 1691
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
109 1688
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
110 1686
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
111 1686
     
Ta
thanks
112 1686
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
113 1686
     
Cockie
farmer
114 1684
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
115 1682
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
116 1682
     
Kiwi
new zealander
117 1681
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
118 1681
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
119 1680
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
120 1680
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
121 1680
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
122 1679
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
123 1677
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1675
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1675
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1674
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
127 1667
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
128 1667
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
129 1665
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1664
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
131 1662
     
Bugger
damn!!
132 1661
     
Up the duff
pregnant
133 1661
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
134 1659
     
Spud
potato
135 1659
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
136 1656
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
137 1656
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
138 1654
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
139 1654
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
140 1653
     
Greasies
fish and chips
141 1651
     
Bloke
man
142 1649
     
Pinky
little finger
143 1648
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
144 1647
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
145 1646
     
Creek
small stream
146 1646
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
147 1644
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
148 1642
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
149 1641
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1640
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1638
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
152 1637
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
153 1636
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1635
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
155 1633
     
Lurgy
flu
156 1633
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
157 1632
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
158 1631
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1629
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
160 1626
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
161 1624
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
162 1623
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
163 1620
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
164 1620
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
165 1619
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1619
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
167 1619
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1619
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
169 1617
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
170 1616
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
171 1616
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
172 1615
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
173 1612
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
174 1612
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
175 1612
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
176 1609
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
177 1609
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
178 1604
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
179 1604
     
Serviette
paper napkin
180 1604
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
181 1603
     
Nappy
diaper
182 1603
     
Twink
white-out
183 1603
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
184 1602
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
185 1600
     
Hard yakka
hard work
186 1597
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
187 1595
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1595
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
189 1594
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1587
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
191 1587
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
192 1582
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
193 1582
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
194 1581
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
195 1581
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
196 1580
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
197 1575
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
198 1575
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
199 1573
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
200 1570
     
Quack
Medical doctor
201 1570
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
202 1568
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1568
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
204 1568
     
Cuz
cousin, family
205 1567
     
Oldies
parents
206 1566
     
Cardi
cardigan
207 1565
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
208 1562
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1562
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
210 1561
     
Mate
buddy
211 1559
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1559
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
213 1558
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
214 1557
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1557
     
Perve
to stare
216 1553
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
217 1553
     
pudding
dessert
218 1553
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
219 1548
     
Postal code
zip code
220 1547
     
Snarler
sausage
221 1547
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
222 1546
     
Scarfie
university student
223 1545
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
224 1540
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1538
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1537
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
227 1536
     
Torch
flashlight
228 1536
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
229 1534
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
230 1533
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1527
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1522
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1510
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1505
     
Whinge
complain, moan
235 1505
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1501
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1468
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1457
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1449
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1375
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1317
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1309
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1282
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1275
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1259
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1257
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1247
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1245
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1226
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1221
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1217
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1205
     
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)
253 1204
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
254 1203
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1199
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1189
     
Hubby
Partner
257 1181
     
Gurb
Food
258 1180
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
259 1180
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 1177
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1177
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
262 1176
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
263 1170
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1170
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 1168
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1167
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1162
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1158
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1156
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
270 1154
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1152
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 1152
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
273 1149
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 1148
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1148
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1145
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1143
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
278 1141
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
279 1139
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
280 1138
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
281 1138
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
282 1138
     
Spill
Tell all
283 1135
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1134
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
285 1132
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1131
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1127
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1124
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1122
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
290 1118
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
291 1118
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 1118
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 1116
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 1114
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
295 1113
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
296 1109
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
297 1108
     
too much
really good
298 1108
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1091
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1086
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1079
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1077
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
303 1076
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 1074
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 1069
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 1067
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
307 1066
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1058
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 1041
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 1040
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 1040
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1036
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 991
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 955
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 916
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 915
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 841
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime