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 2330
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2296
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2200
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2141
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2129
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2107
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2075
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2073
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2060
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2057
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2021
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2018
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1987
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1963
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1961
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 1961
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 1955
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
18 1942
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1940
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1939
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
21 1936
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1929
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1927
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1906
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1897
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1892
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
27 1888
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1880
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1874
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1861
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1856
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1855
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1846
     
Much of a muchness
Same
34 1828
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 1826
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
36 1826
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
37 1824
     
piece of piss
it's easy
38 1824
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
39 1822
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1814
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1808
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1796
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1784
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1775
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1764
     
Good as gold
46 1757
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1753
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1739
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1719
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1719
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1713
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1706
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1694
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1686
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1680
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1680
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1667
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1666
     
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 1663
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1644
     
Crib
bach
61 1627
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1626
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1548
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1538
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1536
     
Arvo
afternoon
66 1527
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
67 1526
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
68 1525
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
69 1523
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
70 1519
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1519
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
72 1517
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
73 1509
     
Chick
woman/female
74 1508
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
75 1503
     
Barbie
barbeque
76 1493
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
77 1488
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
78 1488
     
Bach
holiday home
79 1485
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
80 1484
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
81 1483
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
82 1479
     
Tramping
hiking
83 1479
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1478
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
85 1475
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
86 1475
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
87 1471
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
88 1468
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
89 1465
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
90 1461
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
91 1461
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
92 1458
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
93 1455
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
94 1452
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
95 1451
     
Handle
pint of beer
96 1450
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
97 1448
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
98 1447
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
99 1446
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
100 1446
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
101 1446
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
102 1441
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
103 1441
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
104 1440
     
Kiwi
new zealander
105 1440
     
Ta
thanks
106 1440
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
107 1439
     
Sprog
child
108 1439
     
Cockie
farmer
109 1436
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
110 1434
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
111 1432
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
112 1431
     
Root
have sex, get sex
113 1431
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
114 1429
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
115 1429
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
116 1429
     
Ropeable
very angry
117 1429
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
118 1428
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
119 1428
     
Greasies
fish and chips
120 1425
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
121 1425
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
122 1424
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
123 1423
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
124 1423
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
125 1422
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
126 1421
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
127 1421
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1421
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
129 1420
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
130 1419
     
Sparkie
electrician
131 1419
     
Bugger
damn!!
132 1417
     
Lurgy
flu
133 1417
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
134 1417
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
135 1415
     
Lift
elevator
136 1415
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
137 1414
     
Pinky
little finger
138 1414
     
Chook
chicken
139 1413
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
140 1412
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
141 1410
     
Squiz
take a quick look
142 1409
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
143 1408
     
Bloke
man
144 1406
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
145 1405
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
146 1403
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
147 1402
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
148 1401
     
Spud
potato
149 1401
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
150 1399
     
Creek
small stream
151 1399
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
152 1399
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1398
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
154 1398
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
155 1397
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
156 1397
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
157 1396
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
158 1395
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
159 1393
     
Flog
steal, rob
160 1391
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
161 1391
     
Serviette
paper napkin
162 1387
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1386
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
164 1385
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
165 1381
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
166 1380
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1379
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
168 1379
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
169 1378
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
170 1378
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1374
     
Twink
white-out
172 1374
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
173 1373
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
174 1370
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
175 1369
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
176 1368
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
177 1367
     
Nappy
diaper
178 1364
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
179 1362
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
180 1362
     
Cardi
cardigan
181 1361
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
182 1357
     
Tights
pantyhose
183 1355
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1354
     
Kick the Bucket
die
185 1354
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
186 1352
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
187 1351
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
188 1349
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
189 1348
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1348
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
191 1348
     
Cuz
cousin, family
192 1346
     
Hard yakka
hard work
193 1344
     
Postal code
zip code
194 1343
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1342
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
196 1342
     
Quack
Medical doctor
197 1342
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
198 1341
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
199 1340
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
200 1339
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1335
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
202 1333
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
203 1333
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
204 1332
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
205 1330
     
Motorway
freeway
206 1329
     
Oldies
parents
207 1326
     
Pakeha
non maori person
208 1326
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
209 1324
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
210 1324
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
211 1324
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
212 1323
     
Perve
to stare
213 1322
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
214 1320
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1316
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
216 1315
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
217 1314
     
Whinge
complain, moan
218 1313
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1312
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
220 1308
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
221 1308
     
Mate
buddy
222 1307
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
223 1307
     
Torch
flashlight
224 1306
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
225 1304
     
pudding
dessert
226 1304
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
227 1302
     
Ute
small pick up truck
228 1295
     
Old Bomb
old car
229 1293
     
Scarfie
university student
230 1293
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
231 1292
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1289
     
Snarler
sausage
233 1288
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1282
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1277
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1268
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1240
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1239
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1195
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1139
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1065
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
242 1050
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
243 1046
     
Arse about face
Back to front
244 1044
     
crash hot
excellent
245 1033
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
246 1016
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
247 1014
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
248 1014
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
249 1012
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
250 1007
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
251 1003
     
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)
252 1002
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 997
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
254 994
     
Gurb
Food
255 979
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
256 976
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
257 976
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
258 975
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 974
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
260 974
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
261 969
     
Hubby
Partner
262 965
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 964
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 963
     
Yonks
A long time
265 963
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
266 955
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 954
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
268 953
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
269 951
     
Jack up
To organise
270 950
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 948
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
272 948
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 948
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
274 945
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 945
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 944
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
277 941
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
278 941
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
279 940
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
280 938
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
281 937
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
282 935
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
283 928
     
Spill
Tell all
284 927
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 924
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
286 924
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 923
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 922
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
289 919
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
290 919
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
291 919
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
292 906
     
too much
really good
293 906
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 905
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
295 905
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
296 902
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
297 899
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
298 891
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 888
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 888
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 884
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 879
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
303 877
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 875
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
305 869
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
306 867
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 859
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 852
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 846
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 837
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 829
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 817
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 777
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 737
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 733
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 714
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 654
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime