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 2483
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2418
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2383
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2294
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2276
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2245
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2211
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2190
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2190
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2186
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2172
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2154
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2109
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2088
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 2082
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2080
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2076
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
18 2075
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
19 2054
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2054
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2052
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2042
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2041
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2028
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 2017
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
26 2011
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 2004
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
28 2004
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 1993
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1985
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1977
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 1976
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 1965
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1959
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1948
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1942
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1935
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1931
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1927
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1920
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1917
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1916
     
Good as gold
43 1904
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
44 1889
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
45 1885
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1868
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
47 1833
     
sweet as
everything is ok
48 1833
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1813
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1810
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1802
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1799
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1791
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1778
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1776
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1776
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1771
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1753
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1750
     
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 1746
     
Crib
bach
61 1734
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
62 1718
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
63 1713
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1696
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1666
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1657
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1642
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1634
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
69 1633
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1632
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1623
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1617
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
73 1613
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
74 1612
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
75 1610
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1610
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
77 1599
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
78 1591
     
Handle
pint of beer
79 1590
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1586
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1585
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1582
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
83 1576
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
84 1575
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
85 1572
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1567
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1566
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1565
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
89 1564
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1562
     
Tramping
hiking
91 1561
     
Chook
chicken
92 1560
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
93 1560
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
94 1557
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
95 1556
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
96 1555
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
97 1554
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
98 1554
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
99 1553
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1552
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
101 1551
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
102 1551
     
Lift
elevator
103 1548
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1544
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
105 1540
     
Ta
thanks
106 1540
     
Root
have sex, get sex
107 1538
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
108 1537
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
109 1536
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
110 1535
     
Sprog
child
111 1535
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
112 1534
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
113 1533
     
Motorway
freeway
114 1533
     
Ropeable
very angry
115 1533
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
116 1532
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
117 1532
     
Cockie
farmer
118 1530
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1528
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
120 1528
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1523
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
122 1522
     
Sparkie
electrician
123 1522
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
124 1521
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
125 1521
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
126 1519
     
Up the duff
pregnant
127 1519
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
128 1517
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1517
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
130 1515
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
131 1514
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1512
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
133 1510
     
Pinky
little finger
134 1510
     
Bugger
damn!!
135 1509
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
136 1508
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
137 1506
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
138 1506
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1505
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
140 1505
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
141 1501
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
142 1501
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
143 1501
     
Spud
potato
144 1501
     
Creek
small stream
145 1500
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
146 1498
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
147 1498
     
Bloke
man
148 1496
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
149 1495
     
Lurgy
flu
150 1493
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1492
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
152 1491
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
153 1491
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1487
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
155 1486
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1486
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
157 1484
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
158 1484
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1484
     
Flog
steal, rob
160 1483
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1482
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
162 1481
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1480
     
Tights
pantyhose
164 1475
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
165 1474
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
166 1474
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
167 1471
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
168 1471
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
169 1470
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1467
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1464
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1463
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
173 1463
     
Serviette
paper napkin
174 1463
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
175 1461
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
176 1460
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
177 1460
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
178 1460
     
Twink
white-out
179 1460
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
180 1458
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
181 1457
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
182 1455
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
183 1454
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1451
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1451
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1448
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
187 1443
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
188 1443
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
189 1443
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1443
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
191 1441
     
Cardi
cardigan
192 1439
     
Cuz
cousin, family
193 1439
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
194 1437
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1437
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
196 1435
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
197 1435
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
198 1433
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
199 1432
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
200 1432
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
201 1432
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
202 1430
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
203 1427
     
Quack
Medical doctor
204 1427
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1423
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
206 1417
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1417
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
208 1415
     
Postal code
zip code
209 1415
     
Oldies
parents
210 1414
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1410
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1410
     
Perve
to stare
213 1410
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1409
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1409
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
216 1406
     
Mate
buddy
217 1406
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1405
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1403
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
220 1402
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
221 1401
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1396
     
pudding
dessert
223 1393
     
Torch
flashlight
224 1392
     
Whinge
complain, moan
225 1392
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
226 1391
     
Snarler
sausage
227 1390
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
228 1389
     
Old Bomb
old car
229 1386
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1385
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1382
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1377
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1377
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1375
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1366
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1354
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1325
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1319
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1310
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1237
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1164
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1155
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1129
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1122
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1116
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1111
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1099
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1094
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1088
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
250 1087
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1087
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1073
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 1073
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1069
     
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 1057
     
Gurb
Food
256 1046
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1040
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1039
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
259 1039
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1038
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1033
     
Hubby
Partner
262 1032
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 1031
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 1024
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
265 1024
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1017
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
267 1014
     
Yonks
A long time
268 1014
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1013
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
270 1013
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
271 1009
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
272 1009
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
273 1008
     
Jack up
To organise
274 1008
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
275 1008
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 1007
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
277 1007
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 1005
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
279 1004
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 1003
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
281 1001
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 998
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 993
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 988
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
285 986
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
286 985
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
287 985
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
288 985
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
289 980
     
Spill
Tell all
290 979
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 978
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 969
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 967
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 967
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
295 966
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 965
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 962
     
too much
really good
298 958
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 946
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 942
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
301 941
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
302 940
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 939
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 936
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 930
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 926
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 924
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
308 922
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 919
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 914
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 906
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 905
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 849
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 810
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 799
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 769
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 706
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime