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 2467
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2407
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2355
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2272
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2255
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2229
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2190
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2178
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2176
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2175
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2158
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2142
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2096
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2073
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 2069
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
16 2065
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 2064
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
18 2064
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2041
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2040
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 2039
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 2027
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
23 2025
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2017
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 2007
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
26 1993
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 1991
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
28 1989
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 1974
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1973
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
31 1965
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1962
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 1952
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1947
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1937
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1929
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1924
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1921
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1916
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1910
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1904
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1903
     
Good as gold
43 1887
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
44 1879
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
45 1871
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1859
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
47 1825
     
sweet as
everything is ok
48 1825
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1804
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1802
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1794
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1789
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1784
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1769
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1769
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1767
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1764
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1744
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1743
     
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 1739
     
Crib
bach
61 1725
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1706
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
63 1699
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1681
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1651
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1649
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1633
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1627
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
69 1626
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1625
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1615
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1610
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1605
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1604
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1601
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
76 1596
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
77 1592
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
78 1584
     
Handle
pint of beer
79 1581
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1579
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1578
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1575
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
83 1569
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
84 1568
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
85 1559
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1558
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
87 1556
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1556
     
Tramping
hiking
89 1554
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
90 1553
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1553
     
Chook
chicken
92 1550
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
93 1549
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
94 1548
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1548
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1547
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
97 1546
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
98 1545
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
99 1545
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
100 1544
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
101 1544
     
Lift
elevator
102 1542
     
Kiwi
new zealander
103 1537
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1536
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
105 1533
     
Ta
thanks
106 1533
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
107 1530
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
108 1529
     
Root
have sex, get sex
109 1529
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
110 1528
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
111 1527
     
Sprog
child
112 1526
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
113 1525
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
114 1525
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
115 1524
     
Ropeable
very angry
116 1524
     
Cockie
farmer
117 1521
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
118 1521
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1520
     
Motorway
freeway
120 1519
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1515
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
122 1515
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
123 1514
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
124 1512
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
125 1512
     
Up the duff
pregnant
126 1511
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
127 1510
     
Sparkie
electrician
128 1509
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
129 1508
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
130 1506
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
131 1505
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1504
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
133 1503
     
Pinky
little finger
134 1503
     
Bugger
damn!!
135 1502
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
136 1501
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
137 1499
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
138 1499
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
139 1498
     
Greasies
fish and chips
140 1496
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
141 1494
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
142 1494
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
143 1494
     
Spud
potato
144 1492
     
Creek
small stream
145 1491
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
146 1491
     
Bloke
man
147 1489
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
148 1489
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
149 1488
     
Lurgy
flu
150 1486
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1485
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
152 1483
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
153 1483
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1480
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
155 1479
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1479
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
157 1477
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1477
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
159 1476
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
160 1474
     
Flog
steal, rob
161 1474
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1473
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1473
     
Tights
pantyhose
164 1468
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1467
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
166 1465
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1464
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
168 1463
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1462
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1460
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1457
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
172 1456
     
Serviette
paper napkin
173 1456
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
174 1454
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
175 1454
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
176 1453
     
Twink
white-out
177 1453
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
178 1452
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
179 1451
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
180 1449
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
181 1448
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
182 1448
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
183 1445
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1444
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1444
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1440
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
187 1436
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
188 1435
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
189 1435
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
190 1434
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
191 1433
     
Cardi
cardigan
192 1432
     
Cuz
cousin, family
193 1430
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
194 1430
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1430
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
196 1426
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
197 1425
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
198 1425
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
199 1425
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
200 1425
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
201 1423
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
202 1422
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
203 1420
     
Quack
Medical doctor
204 1420
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1416
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
206 1410
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1410
     
Postal code
zip code
208 1408
     
Oldies
parents
209 1407
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
210 1406
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1403
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1403
     
Perve
to stare
213 1403
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1401
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1400
     
Mate
buddy
216 1397
     
Scarfie
university student
217 1396
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
218 1396
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
219 1395
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
220 1394
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
221 1393
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1389
     
Torch
flashlight
223 1385
     
Whinge
complain, moan
224 1385
     
pudding
dessert
225 1384
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1381
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
227 1380
     
Old Bomb
old car
228 1379
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
229 1376
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1375
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1375
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1370
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1370
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1367
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1359
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1345
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1318
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1312
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1303
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1230
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1153
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1143
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1122
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1111
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1109
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1103
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1092
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1087
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1081
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1080
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1080
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1066
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 1066
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1060
     
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 1050
     
Gurb
Food
256 1040
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1033
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1031
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
259 1031
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1031
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1026
     
Hubby
Partner
262 1023
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 1022
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 1017
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
265 1016
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1010
     
Yonks
A long time
267 1007
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
268 1006
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
269 1005
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
270 1002
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1002
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 1001
     
Jack up
To organise
273 1001
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1001
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
275 1000
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 1000
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
277 998
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
278 997
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
279 997
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 996
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
281 992
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 991
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 986
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 981
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 978
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
286 978
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 978
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 976
     
Spill
Tell all
289 972
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 971
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 965
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 962
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 959
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
294 958
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
295 958
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
296 955
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
297 955
     
too much
really good
298 951
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 939
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 935
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
301 933
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 932
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 929
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
304 929
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 923
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 919
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 917
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
308 915
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 912
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 907
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
311 898
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
312 896
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 842
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 801
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 790
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 760
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 698
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime