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 2599
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2524
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2515
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2421
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2413
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2358
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2321
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2303
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2294
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
10 2289
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2283
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2262
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2199
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2197
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
15 2195
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
16 2180
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
17 2178
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2175
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2157
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2144
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 2143
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2141
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2139
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
24 2120
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2116
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2106
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 2105
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2102
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 2092
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2090
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2073
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2072
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2056
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2056
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 2040
     
Much of a muchness
Same
36 2040
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 2040
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
38 2029
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
39 2024
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
40 2023
     
Good as gold
41 2020
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2014
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2008
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1990
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1972
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1951
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1923
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1906
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1895
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1891
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1886
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1878
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
53 1861
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
54 1857
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 1850
     
Good nick
good condition
56 1848
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
57 1839
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1830
     
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 1821
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
60 1820
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
61 1813
     
Crib
bach
62 1802
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1792
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
64 1780
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1757
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
66 1717
     
Brickie
bricklayer
67 1715
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1710
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
69 1710
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1702
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1693
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
72 1693
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1688
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1685
     
Rellies
relatives, family
75 1678
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1678
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
77 1672
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1659
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
79 1656
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1654
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
81 1650
     
Handle
pint of beer
82 1647
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1643
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
84 1639
     
Chook
chicken
85 1638
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
86 1636
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
87 1631
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
88 1629
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1629
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
90 1625
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1625
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1623
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
93 1621
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
94 1621
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
95 1619
     
Tramping
hiking
96 1619
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
97 1617
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
98 1617
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
99 1616
     
Motorway
freeway
100 1613
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
101 1611
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
102 1611
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
103 1607
     
Sprog
child
104 1607
     
Root
have sex, get sex
105 1606
     
Ropeable
very angry
106 1606
     
Kiwi
new zealander
107 1604
     
Lift
elevator
108 1604
     
Cockie
farmer
109 1603
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
110 1603
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
111 1603
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
112 1601
     
Sparkie
electrician
113 1601
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
114 1600
     
Ta
thanks
115 1599
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
116 1596
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
117 1596
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
118 1596
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
119 1593
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1593
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
121 1593
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
122 1592
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
123 1588
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
124 1587
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
125 1587
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1583
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
127 1582
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
128 1582
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1582
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1581
     
Up the duff
pregnant
131 1581
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
132 1580
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
133 1577
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1576
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
135 1576
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
136 1573
     
Bloke
man
137 1571
     
Spud
potato
138 1569
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1568
     
Pinky
little finger
140 1568
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
141 1567
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
142 1564
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
143 1562
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
144 1562
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
145 1562
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
146 1561
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
147 1561
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
148 1559
     
Creek
small stream
149 1559
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
150 1556
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
151 1555
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
152 1553
     
Squiz
take a quick look
153 1551
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1550
     
Flog
steal, rob
155 1546
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
156 1546
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
157 1546
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
158 1544
     
Lurgy
flu
159 1544
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
160 1544
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
161 1543
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
162 1543
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
163 1539
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1538
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1537
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
166 1534
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1531
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1531
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
169 1529
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
170 1528
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
171 1528
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1527
     
Happy as larry
very happy
173 1527
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
174 1525
     
Twink
white-out
175 1525
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
176 1524
     
Serviette
paper napkin
177 1523
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
178 1521
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
179 1521
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
180 1520
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
181 1519
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
182 1519
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
183 1519
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
184 1518
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
185 1514
     
Nappy
diaper
186 1514
     
Hard yakka
hard work
187 1513
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
188 1512
     
Kick the Bucket
die
189 1510
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1506
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
191 1505
     
Cuz
cousin, family
192 1503
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
193 1502
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
194 1500
     
Cardi
cardigan
195 1498
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
196 1497
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
197 1495
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
198 1491
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
199 1491
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
200 1490
     
Quack
Medical doctor
201 1490
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
202 1489
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
203 1487
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1486
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
205 1484
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
206 1480
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
207 1478
     
Oldies
parents
208 1478
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
209 1476
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
210 1474
     
Mate
buddy
211 1471
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
212 1470
     
Pakeha
non maori person
213 1469
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
214 1469
     
Postal code
zip code
215 1468
     
Perve
to stare
216 1467
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
217 1466
     
pudding
dessert
218 1466
     
Scarfie
university student
219 1465
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
220 1465
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
221 1459
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
222 1458
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
223 1456
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
224 1455
     
Torch
flashlight
225 1455
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
226 1454
     
Snarler
sausage
227 1453
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
228 1450
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
229 1445
     
Lolly
Candy
230 1444
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1444
     
Old Bomb
old car
232 1444
     
Whinge
complain, moan
233 1441
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1433
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1427
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1418
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1376
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1375
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1368
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1289
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1224
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1222
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1191
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1184
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1182
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1172
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1157
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1155
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1149
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1141
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1137
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1130
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1123
     
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)
254 1117
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
255 1111
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
256 1106
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 1106
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
258 1100
     
Gurb
Food
259 1097
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 1096
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1095
     
Hubby
Partner
262 1092
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 1091
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1088
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 1081
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1079
     
Yonks
A long time
267 1075
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
268 1073
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
269 1073
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
270 1069
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
271 1068
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
272 1068
     
Jack up
To organise
273 1068
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
274 1066
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 1065
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 1065
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
277 1065
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
278 1063
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 1062
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
280 1061
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
281 1057
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
282 1055
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
283 1054
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 1051
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 1050
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 1047
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
287 1046
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
288 1045
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1044
     
Spill
Tell all
290 1042
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
291 1033
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
292 1030
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 1029
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 1027
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 1027
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 1024
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1023
     
too much
really good
298 1022
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 1001
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
300 1001
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 999
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 995
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
303 994
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 988
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
305 984
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 983
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
307 983
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
308 981
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
309 974
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 971
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
311 968
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 958
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 916
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 871
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 853
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 828
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 761
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime