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 2490
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2423
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2392
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2303
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2284
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2250
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2215
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2199
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2194
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2189
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2178
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2159
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2112
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2093
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 2086
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2086
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2080
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
18 2080
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2060
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2058
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2056
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2049
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2046
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2034
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 2021
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
26 2017
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 2010
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
28 2007
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 1996
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1989
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1982
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 1979
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 1969
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1964
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1954
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1946
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1939
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1936
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1932
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
40 1925
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
41 1923
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 1922
     
Good as gold
43 1909
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
44 1893
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
45 1891
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1871
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1839
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1837
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1816
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1812
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1805
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1805
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1795
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1784
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1780
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1779
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1773
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1757
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1754
     
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 1749
     
Crib
bach
61 1739
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
62 1725
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
63 1715
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1701
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1672
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1662
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1647
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1639
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
69 1636
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1635
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1626
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1620
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
73 1616
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
74 1615
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
75 1614
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1614
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
77 1602
     
Handle
pint of beer
78 1593
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
79 1593
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1590
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1589
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1585
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
83 1584
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
84 1578
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
85 1577
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1572
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1571
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1569
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
89 1566
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1566
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
91 1565
     
Chook
chicken
92 1564
     
Tramping
hiking
93 1564
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
94 1560
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
95 1559
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
96 1557
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
97 1557
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
98 1556
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
99 1556
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1555
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
101 1555
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
102 1553
     
Lift
elevator
103 1550
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1549
     
Root
have sex, get sex
105 1545
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
106 1544
     
Ta
thanks
107 1542
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
108 1541
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
109 1540
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
110 1538
     
Motorway
freeway
111 1538
     
Sprog
child
112 1538
     
Ropeable
very angry
113 1537
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
114 1536
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
115 1536
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
116 1536
     
Cockie
farmer
117 1535
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
118 1535
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1532
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
120 1530
     
Sparkie
electrician
121 1528
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1526
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
123 1525
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
124 1524
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
125 1524
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
126 1524
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
127 1523
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1522
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1520
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
130 1519
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
131 1518
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1514
     
Pinky
little finger
133 1513
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
134 1512
     
Bugger
damn!!
135 1511
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
136 1510
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
137 1510
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
138 1509
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1508
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
140 1507
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
141 1506
     
Spud
potato
142 1505
     
Creek
small stream
143 1504
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
144 1504
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
145 1504
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
146 1502
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
147 1502
     
Bloke
man
148 1500
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
149 1498
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
150 1496
     
Lurgy
flu
151 1496
     
Squiz
take a quick look
152 1494
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
153 1494
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1490
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
155 1490
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
156 1489
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
157 1489
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
158 1488
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
159 1487
     
Flog
steal, rob
160 1487
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
161 1487
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1486
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1485
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1478
     
Tights
pantyhose
165 1477
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
166 1476
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1475
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1474
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
169 1473
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1469
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1468
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1466
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
173 1466
     
Serviette
paper napkin
174 1466
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
175 1465
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
176 1463
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
177 1463
     
Twink
white-out
178 1463
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
179 1462
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
180 1462
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1462
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
182 1459
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
183 1458
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1455
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1454
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1451
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1448
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
188 1447
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
189 1446
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1446
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
191 1444
     
Cuz
cousin, family
192 1443
     
Cardi
cardigan
193 1442
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
194 1440
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1440
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
196 1439
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
197 1439
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
198 1438
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
199 1437
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
200 1435
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
201 1435
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
202 1433
     
Quack
Medical doctor
203 1433
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1431
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1426
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
206 1421
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
207 1420
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
208 1420
     
Postal code
zip code
209 1418
     
Oldies
parents
210 1416
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1413
     
Perve
to stare
212 1413
     
Pakeha
non maori person
213 1412
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1412
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1411
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
216 1410
     
Mate
buddy
217 1410
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1408
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1405
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
220 1405
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
221 1404
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1399
     
pudding
dessert
223 1397
     
Whinge
complain, moan
224 1396
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1395
     
Torch
flashlight
226 1395
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
227 1394
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1394
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
229 1392
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1389
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1385
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1380
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1380
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1377
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1369
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1358
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1327
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1321
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1312
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1240
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1167
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1160
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1136
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1125
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1119
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1114
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1101
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1099
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1094
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
250 1092
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1089
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1077
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 1076
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1074
     
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 1063
     
Gurb
Food
256 1048
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 1043
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
258 1043
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1042
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1041
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1036
     
Hubby
Partner
262 1035
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 1034
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 1027
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
265 1027
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1020
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 1018
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 1017
     
Yonks
A long time
269 1017
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
270 1016
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1012
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
272 1011
     
Jack up
To organise
273 1011
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1011
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
275 1010
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
276 1010
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
277 1010
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 1008
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
279 1007
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 1006
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
281 1004
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 1001
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 996
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 992
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
285 989
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
286 988
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 988
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
288 988
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
289 983
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
290 982
     
Spill
Tell all
291 982
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 972
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 970
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 970
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
295 969
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 968
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 965
     
too much
really good
298 962
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 949
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
300 944
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
301 944
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 944
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
303 943
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 938
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 933
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 932
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 928
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
308 925
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 923
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 917
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 911
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 909
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 852
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 814
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 808
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 772
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 708
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime