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 2762
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2707
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2678
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2594
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
5 2578
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
6 2576
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2478
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2471
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2466
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2461
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2440
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2423
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2363
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2354
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2352
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2346
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2339
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2335
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2319
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2302
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2292
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2288
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2287
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2285
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
25 2282
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2265
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2260
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2258
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 2250
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
30 2248
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2231
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2219
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2215
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2211
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 2203
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
36 2199
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2197
     
Good as gold
38 2196
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2191
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
40 2177
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
41 2176
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 2172
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2149
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2139
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2109
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2091
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2059
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 2042
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 2034
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
50 2028
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 2020
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
52 2018
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1993
     
it's all good
everything is organised
54 1983
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1982
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1978
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
57 1973
     
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 1959
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1951
     
Good nick
good condition
60 1944
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
61 1943
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1935
     
Crib
bach
63 1931
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
64 1916
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1895
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
66 1892
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1845
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1839
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
69 1835
     
Brickie
bricklayer
70 1831
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
71 1828
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
72 1826
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1824
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
74 1807
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1804
     
Rellies
relatives, family
76 1791
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
77 1790
     
Chook
chicken
78 1788
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
79 1786
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
80 1783
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1782
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
82 1776
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1773
     
Handle
pint of beer
84 1773
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
85 1771
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
86 1764
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
87 1753
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
88 1750
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
89 1749
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
90 1748
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1748
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1747
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
93 1747
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
94 1746
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1746
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1743
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
97 1743
     
Sparkie
electrician
98 1739
     
Sprog
child
99 1739
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
100 1738
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
101 1734
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
102 1734
     
Tramping
hiking
103 1733
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1732
     
Ropeable
very angry
105 1730
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
106 1728
     
Lift
elevator
107 1728
     
Root
have sex, get sex
108 1726
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
109 1725
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
110 1724
     
Ta
thanks
111 1724
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
112 1724
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
113 1723
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
114 1721
     
Kiwi
new zealander
115 1720
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
116 1719
     
Cockie
farmer
117 1718
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
118 1717
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
119 1715
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
120 1714
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
121 1714
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1713
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
123 1713
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1710
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
125 1709
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1708
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
127 1707
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
128 1704
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1703
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
130 1703
     
Spud
potato
131 1702
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1698
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
133 1697
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
134 1696
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
135 1696
     
Bugger
damn!!
136 1696
     
Up the duff
pregnant
137 1693
     
Pinky
little finger
138 1689
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
139 1686
     
Creek
small stream
140 1685
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
141 1685
     
Bloke
man
142 1684
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
143 1684
     
Greasies
fish and chips
144 1682
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
145 1681
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1681
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
147 1680
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
148 1680
     
Squiz
take a quick look
149 1680
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
150 1676
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
151 1676
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
152 1676
     
Flog
steal, rob
153 1674
     
Lurgy
flu
154 1674
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
155 1673
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
156 1673
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
157 1671
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1668
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
159 1666
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
160 1665
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1665
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
162 1664
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
163 1660
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
164 1657
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
165 1656
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
166 1655
     
Happy as larry
very happy
167 1654
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
168 1653
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
169 1653
     
Tights
pantyhose
170 1653
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
171 1651
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
172 1650
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1650
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
174 1648
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
175 1648
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
176 1647
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
177 1646
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
178 1646
     
Nappy
diaper
179 1645
     
Serviette
paper napkin
180 1644
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
181 1642
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
182 1640
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
183 1640
     
Twink
white-out
184 1638
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
185 1637
     
Hard yakka
hard work
186 1635
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
187 1634
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1630
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
189 1626
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
190 1623
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
191 1622
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1622
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
193 1617
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
194 1614
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
195 1614
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
196 1612
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
197 1611
     
Oldies
parents
198 1610
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
199 1609
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
200 1609
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
201 1607
     
Quack
Medical doctor
202 1607
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1605
     
Cuz
cousin, family
204 1603
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
205 1602
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
206 1602
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
207 1602
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
208 1602
     
Cardi
cardigan
209 1599
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1599
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
211 1597
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
212 1596
     
Perve
to stare
213 1595
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
214 1594
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
215 1594
     
Mate
buddy
216 1593
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
217 1591
     
pudding
dessert
218 1591
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
219 1585
     
Postal code
zip code
220 1581
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
221 1580
     
Old Bomb
old car
222 1580
     
Scarfie
university student
223 1580
     
Snarler
sausage
224 1580
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1579
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
226 1577
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
227 1575
     
Torch
flashlight
228 1574
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
229 1574
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1566
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1562
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1554
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1553
     
Whinge
complain, moan
234 1543
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1541
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1534
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1508
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1489
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1484
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1416
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1357
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1350
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1322
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1312
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1300
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1299
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1292
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1285
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1265
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1249
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1248
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1238
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
253 1235
     
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 1235
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1231
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1221
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
257 1210
     
Gurb
Food
258 1210
     
Hubby
Partner
259 1208
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1205
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
261 1204
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1204
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 1201
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1200
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
265 1197
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 1195
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
267 1193
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
268 1193
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1188
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
270 1187
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1184
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 1184
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
273 1182
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
274 1182
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
275 1180
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
276 1172
     
Yonks
A long time
277 1172
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
278 1169
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
279 1169
     
Spill
Tell all
280 1169
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
281 1169
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
282 1168
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
283 1165
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
284 1163
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
285 1163
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1154
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
287 1153
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1151
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
289 1150
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
290 1149
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
291 1149
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1146
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
293 1144
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
294 1143
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
295 1142
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
296 1141
     
too much
really good
297 1140
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 1137
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1117
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
300 1110
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
301 1110
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
302 1106
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
303 1105
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
304 1104
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 1099
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
306 1096
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 1093
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1087
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 1075
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 1068
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
311 1068
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
312 1066
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 1019
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 988
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
315 948
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
316 941
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 872
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime