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 2383
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2348
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2259
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2189
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2179
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2154
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2121
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2116
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2108
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2103
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2091
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2076
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2036
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 2011
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 2010
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 2009
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 2008
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1991
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1987
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1984
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1984
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1971
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 1970
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
24 1945
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1945
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
26 1944
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1937
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1928
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1912
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1911
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1903
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1901
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1889
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1882
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1880
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1875
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1869
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1867
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1861
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1859
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1850
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1845
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1836
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1830
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1823
     
Good as gold
46 1807
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1793
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1785
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1767
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1763
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1753
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1752
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1741
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1735
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1726
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1722
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1719
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1709
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
59 1707
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
60 1707
     
Crib
bach
61 1682
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1674
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
63 1597
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1596
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1588
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
66 1583
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
67 1582
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
68 1576
     
Rellies
relatives, family
69 1574
     
Bach
holiday home
70 1571
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
71 1569
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
72 1568
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
73 1562
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
74 1556
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
75 1549
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1547
     
Chick
woman/female
77 1544
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1542
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
79 1537
     
Barbie
barbeque
80 1536
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
81 1533
     
Tramping
hiking
82 1522
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
83 1518
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
84 1517
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
85 1516
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
86 1516
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
87 1516
     
Handle
pint of beer
88 1515
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1513
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
90 1512
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
91 1511
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
92 1511
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
93 1508
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
94 1506
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
95 1506
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1505
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
97 1503
     
Lift
elevator
98 1503
     
Kiwi
new zealander
99 1500
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
100 1499
     
Ta
thanks
101 1498
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
102 1497
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
103 1497
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
104 1496
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
105 1492
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
106 1491
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
107 1491
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
108 1490
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
109 1487
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
110 1486
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
111 1484
     
Sprog
child
112 1484
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
113 1483
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
114 1483
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
115 1482
     
Root
have sex, get sex
116 1482
     
Cockie
farmer
117 1481
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
118 1481
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
119 1480
     
Chook
chicken
120 1478
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1477
     
Ropeable
very angry
122 1477
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1474
     
Up the duff
pregnant
124 1472
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
125 1471
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1471
     
Greasies
fish and chips
127 1470
     
Pinky
little finger
128 1468
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
129 1467
     
Bugger
damn!!
130 1466
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1464
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
132 1463
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
133 1463
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
134 1462
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
135 1462
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
136 1461
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
137 1459
     
Sparkie
electrician
138 1459
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
139 1458
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
140 1457
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
141 1454
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
142 1454
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
143 1453
     
Spud
potato
144 1450
     
Squiz
take a quick look
145 1450
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
146 1449
     
Lurgy
flu
147 1449
     
Bloke
man
148 1447
     
Creek
small stream
149 1447
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
150 1447
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
151 1447
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
152 1445
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
153 1445
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
154 1443
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
155 1442
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
156 1442
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
157 1442
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1440
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
159 1437
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
160 1435
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
161 1434
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
162 1430
     
Flog
steal, rob
163 1429
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
164 1429
     
Serviette
paper napkin
165 1428
     
Motorway
freeway
166 1427
     
Tights
pantyhose
167 1427
     
Happy as larry
very happy
168 1425
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
169 1423
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1422
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
171 1421
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
172 1420
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1418
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
174 1417
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
175 1417
     
Twink
white-out
176 1417
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
177 1416
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
178 1416
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
179 1414
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1412
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1408
     
Hard yakka
hard work
182 1404
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
183 1404
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
184 1404
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
185 1403
     
Cardi
cardigan
186 1399
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1399
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
188 1398
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
189 1397
     
Kick the Bucket
die
190 1395
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
191 1395
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1394
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
193 1393
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
194 1393
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1391
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
196 1390
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
197 1389
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
198 1389
     
Cuz
cousin, family
199 1386
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1384
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
201 1384
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1380
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
203 1380
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1379
     
Oldies
parents
205 1379
     
Postal code
zip code
206 1379
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
207 1377
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
208 1377
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1375
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1371
     
Perve
to stare
211 1368
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
212 1366
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
213 1364
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
214 1363
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1363
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
216 1363
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
217 1359
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
218 1357
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1356
     
Mate
buddy
220 1354
     
Whinge
complain, moan
221 1350
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
222 1349
     
Torch
flashlight
223 1348
     
pudding
dessert
224 1346
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
225 1345
     
Scarfie
university student
226 1345
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1343
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
228 1337
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
229 1336
     
Snarler
sausage
230 1336
     
Old Bomb
old car
231 1334
     
Ute
small pick up truck
232 1334
     
Lolly
Candy
233 1331
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1328
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1327
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1309
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1285
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1275
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1270
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1193
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1104
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
242 1099
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
243 1088
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1079
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1068
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
246 1067
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1063
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1056
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1055
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1053
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1050
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1041
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1037
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1030
     
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 1028
     
Gurb
Food
256 1013
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1009
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1005
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1004
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1003
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 996
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
262 993
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
263 990
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 989
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 988
     
Hubby
Partner
266 988
     
Yonks
A long time
267 988
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 986
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 985
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 982
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
271 980
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
272 979
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 976
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 976
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
275 975
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 974
     
Jack up
To organise
277 974
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 973
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 972
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 969
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 969
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 967
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 960
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 958
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 957
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 954
     
Spill
Tell all
287 953
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
288 952
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 951
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 945
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 943
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 932
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 929
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 929
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
295 927
     
too much
really good
296 925
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
297 924
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
298 924
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 914
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 910
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 909
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 906
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 904
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 903
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 893
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 893
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 888
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 886
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 879
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 877
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 858
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 856
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 810
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 763
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 756
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 734
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 675
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime