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 2548
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2472
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2455
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2366
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2351
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2301
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2266
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2251
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2238
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2236
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2235
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2210
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2152
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2144
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2135
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
16 2130
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 2123
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2122
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2104
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2099
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2093
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2090
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2089
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
24 2066
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2065
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
26 2058
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 2053
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
28 2051
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 2042
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 2039
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2023
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2019
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 2011
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
34 2009
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1990
     
Much of a muchness
Same
36 1989
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1985
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
38 1978
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
39 1977
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
40 1971
     
Good as gold
41 1966
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 1965
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 1954
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1939
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1929
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1904
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1869
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1864
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1849
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1843
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1841
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1839
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1818
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1817
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1812
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1810
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1795
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1793
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1786
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
60 1783
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
61 1777
     
Crib
bach
62 1770
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1750
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
64 1748
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1716
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1685
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1679
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1675
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
69 1666
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
70 1664
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
71 1660
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1654
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
73 1654
     
Rellies
relatives, family
74 1649
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
75 1648
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1646
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
77 1644
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1625
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
79 1620
     
Handle
pint of beer
80 1619
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
81 1619
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1617
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1615
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
84 1606
     
Chook
chicken
85 1604
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
86 1604
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
87 1604
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
88 1601
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1601
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
90 1594
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
91 1593
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
92 1593
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
93 1589
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
94 1588
     
Tramping
hiking
95 1587
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1585
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
97 1584
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
98 1583
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
99 1582
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1579
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
101 1578
     
Lift
elevator
102 1577
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
103 1577
     
Motorway
freeway
104 1575
     
Root
have sex, get sex
105 1575
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
106 1575
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
107 1574
     
Ta
thanks
108 1573
     
Ropeable
very angry
109 1572
     
Sprog
child
110 1572
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
111 1570
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
112 1569
     
Cockie
farmer
113 1567
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
114 1567
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
115 1565
     
Sparkie
electrician
116 1564
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
117 1562
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
118 1562
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1561
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
120 1561
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
121 1556
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
122 1555
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
123 1555
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
124 1554
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
125 1552
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1552
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
127 1551
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1551
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
129 1550
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
130 1549
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
131 1549
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
132 1543
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
133 1542
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1540
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
135 1539
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
136 1538
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
137 1536
     
Bloke
man
138 1535
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1535
     
Pinky
little finger
140 1535
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
141 1534
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
142 1534
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
143 1533
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
144 1532
     
Spud
potato
145 1532
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
146 1528
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
147 1528
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
148 1527
     
Creek
small stream
149 1526
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
150 1526
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1524
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
152 1521
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
153 1520
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
154 1520
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
155 1519
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
156 1519
     
Flog
steal, rob
157 1519
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
158 1518
     
Lurgy
flu
159 1518
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
160 1516
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
161 1514
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
162 1512
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1511
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
164 1510
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1505
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1502
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
167 1501
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1501
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
169 1500
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
170 1499
     
Tights
pantyhose
171 1499
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1497
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
173 1494
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
174 1494
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
175 1494
     
Twink
white-out
176 1494
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
177 1493
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
178 1492
     
Serviette
paper napkin
179 1492
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
180 1491
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
181 1490
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
182 1488
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
183 1488
     
Nappy
diaper
184 1483
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
185 1480
     
Hard yakka
hard work
186 1480
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
187 1478
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1478
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
189 1478
     
Cuz
cousin, family
190 1476
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
191 1474
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
192 1472
     
Cardi
cardigan
193 1470
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
194 1469
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
195 1468
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1467
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
197 1465
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
198 1464
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
199 1464
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1464
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1463
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
202 1462
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
203 1459
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
204 1457
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
205 1454
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
206 1450
     
Oldies
parents
207 1448
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
208 1446
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1446
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
210 1444
     
Postal code
zip code
211 1443
     
Perve
to stare
212 1441
     
Mate
buddy
213 1439
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1439
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1437
     
Pakeha
non maori person
216 1437
     
Scarfie
university student
217 1437
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
218 1437
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
219 1437
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
220 1429
     
pudding
dessert
221 1428
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
222 1426
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
223 1426
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
224 1425
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1425
     
Whinge
complain, moan
226 1423
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
227 1423
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1421
     
Torch
flashlight
229 1421
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1414
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1412
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
232 1409
     
Lolly
Candy
233 1407
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1402
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1393
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1390
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1347
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1347
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1344
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1264
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1193
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1191
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1162
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1156
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1145
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1142
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1130
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1123
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1122
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
250 1119
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1110
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1103
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1096
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1092
     
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 1090
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
256 1072
     
Gurb
Food
257 1071
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1069
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
259 1068
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
260 1065
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
261 1064
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 1060
     
Hubby
Partner
263 1057
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1054
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 1045
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1045
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
267 1045
     
Yonks
A long time
268 1044
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1043
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
270 1043
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1040
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
272 1038
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
273 1036
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1036
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 1035
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
276 1034
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
277 1032
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 1032
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
279 1031
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 1031
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
281 1029
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
282 1028
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1023
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 1020
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
285 1018
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 1018
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 1018
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
288 1016
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 1011
     
Spill
Tell all
290 1008
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 1004
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 998
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 997
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 996
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 995
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 993
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 991
     
too much
really good
298 988
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 973
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
300 970
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 969
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
302 969
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
303 960
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 959
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 957
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 955
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
307 952
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
308 952
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
309 947
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 946
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
311 941
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 931
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 883
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 841
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 834
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 800
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 727
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime