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 2193
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2182
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2077
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2021
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2008
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 1971
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 1965
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 1962
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 1946
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 1915
     
wai wai express
walking
11 1905
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
12 1893
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1882
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1855
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1851
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1840
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
17 1839
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
18 1835
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1833
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
20 1823
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
21 1822
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1820
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
23 1820
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1791
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1784
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1779
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 1771
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1770
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1754
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
30 1754
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1749
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
32 1740
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
33 1732
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1727
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
35 1724
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1724
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1719
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1717
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
39 1706
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1704
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1692
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
42 1673
     
piece of piss
it's easy
43 1667
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1665
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1656
     
sweet as
everything is ok
46 1655
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
47 1616
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
48 1615
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
49 1612
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
50 1612
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
51 1610
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
52 1604
     
Good as gold
53 1604
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1589
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1580
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1575
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1569
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1569
     
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 1566
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1551
     
Crib
bach
61 1498
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1478
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1455
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1438
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1433
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
66 1426
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
67 1424
     
Brickie
bricklayer
68 1410
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
69 1408
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1406
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
71 1406
     
Barbie
barbeque
72 1398
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
73 1397
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
74 1389
     
Tramping
hiking
75 1389
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
76 1388
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1387
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
78 1386
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
79 1384
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
80 1383
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
81 1379
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1379
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
83 1375
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
84 1373
     
Bach
holiday home
85 1369
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
86 1369
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1367
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
88 1365
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
89 1364
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
90 1364
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
91 1361
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
92 1361
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
93 1358
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
94 1357
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
95 1355
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
96 1354
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
97 1352
     
Sprog
child
98 1352
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
99 1344
     
Ta
thanks
100 1344
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
101 1343
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
102 1342
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
103 1340
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
104 1339
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
105 1339
     
Kiwi
new zealander
106 1339
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
107 1338
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
108 1336
     
Root
have sex, get sex
109 1335
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
110 1334
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
111 1332
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
112 1332
     
Sparkie
electrician
113 1332
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
114 1331
     
Ropeable
very angry
115 1331
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
116 1330
     
Greasies
fish and chips
117 1330
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
118 1330
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
119 1328
     
Up the duff
pregnant
120 1328
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
121 1327
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
122 1326
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
123 1326
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
124 1324
     
Lurgy
flu
125 1324
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
126 1324
     
Handle
pint of beer
127 1322
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
128 1321
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
129 1321
     
Bloke
man
130 1320
     
Cockie
farmer
131 1319
     
Pinky
little finger
132 1318
     
Squiz
take a quick look
133 1318
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
134 1317
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
135 1316
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
136 1316
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
137 1315
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
138 1314
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1314
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
140 1312
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
141 1310
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
142 1310
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
143 1308
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
144 1308
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
145 1308
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
146 1307
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
147 1305
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
148 1305
     
Spud
potato
149 1304
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
150 1303
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
151 1303
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
152 1303
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
153 1302
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1301
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
155 1300
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
156 1300
     
Bugger
damn!!
157 1299
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
158 1299
     
Chook
chicken
159 1297
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
160 1295
     
Serviette
paper napkin
161 1292
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
162 1291
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
163 1291
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1290
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
165 1290
     
Twink
white-out
166 1290
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1289
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1286
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
169 1286
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
170 1284
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1284
     
Creek
small stream
172 1281
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
173 1280
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
174 1280
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
175 1280
     
Nappy
diaper
176 1278
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1277
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
178 1275
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
179 1270
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1268
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
181 1264
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
182 1263
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
183 1263
     
Postal code
zip code
184 1262
     
Kick the Bucket
die
185 1261
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
186 1261
     
Cuz
cousin, family
187 1259
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
188 1259
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
189 1257
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
190 1257
     
Hard yakka
hard work
191 1256
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
192 1255
     
Quack
Medical doctor
193 1254
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
194 1254
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
195 1250
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
196 1249
     
Tights
pantyhose
197 1249
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
198 1246
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
199 1245
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
200 1244
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1243
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
202 1243
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1242
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
204 1241
     
Pakeha
non maori person
205 1241
     
Oldies
parents
206 1240
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
207 1240
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
208 1236
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1229
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
210 1226
     
Torch
flashlight
211 1226
     
Whinge
complain, moan
212 1226
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
213 1225
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
214 1225
     
Perve
to stare
215 1225
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1224
     
Mate
buddy
217 1224
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
218 1224
     
Lift
elevator
219 1223
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1220
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
221 1217
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
222 1217
     
pudding
dessert
223 1217
     
Old Bomb
old car
224 1210
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1207
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1205
     
Lolly
Candy
227 1204
     
Ute
small pick up truck
228 1202
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
229 1198
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
230 1194
     
Motorway
freeway
231 1188
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
232 1186
     
Cheers
thanks
233 1183
     
Scarfie
university student
234 1182
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1181
     
Veges
Vegetables
236 1156
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1154
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
238 1144
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1109
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1052
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1001
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 977
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 973
     
crash hot
excellent
244 968
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
245 946
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
246 942
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
247 942
     
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)
248 936
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
249 921
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 920
     
Gurb
Food
251 915
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
252 914
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
253 914
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
254 913
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
255 907
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
256 902
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 902
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
258 900
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 897
     
Yonks
A long time
260 894
     
Hubby
Partner
261 893
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
262 891
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 891
     
Jack up
To organise
264 890
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 889
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
266 888
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
267 887
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
268 885
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 884
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
270 880
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
271 879
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
272 878
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
273 878
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
274 877
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 877
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
276 876
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
277 874
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
278 873
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 873
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
280 872
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
281 868
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 863
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
283 859
     
Spill
Tell all
284 859
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 859
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 854
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
287 853
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 853
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
289 851
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
290 848
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
291 846
     
too much
really good
292 845
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 844
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 842
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
295 841
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 836
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 829
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 828
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 826
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 823
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 818
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 818
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 809
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 806
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 801
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 800
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 799
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 792
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 778
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 774
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 759
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 709
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 704
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 670
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 662
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 634
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 589
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime