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 2397
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2360
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2270
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2198
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2197
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2167
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2131
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2127
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2119
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
10 2111
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2111
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2085
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2045
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 2025
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
15 2018
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
16 2018
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 2018
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 2000
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1998
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1995
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1992
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1979
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1979
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
24 1960
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1956
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
26 1953
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1945
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1935
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1923
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1922
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1912
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1911
     
piece of piss
it's easy
33 1901
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1896
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1890
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1883
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1881
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1878
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1870
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1867
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1860
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1853
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1846
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1837
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1829
     
Good as gold
46 1822
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1799
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1794
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1776
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1769
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1761
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1760
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1753
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1742
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1732
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1730
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1729
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1716
     
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 1716
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1713
     
Crib
bach
61 1691
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1680
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1623
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
64 1621
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1607
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1594
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
67 1593
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1592
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
69 1585
     
Rellies
relatives, family
70 1584
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1582
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
72 1576
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
73 1569
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1565
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1564
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
76 1559
     
Chick
woman/female
77 1552
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1551
     
Barbie
barbeque
79 1548
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
80 1546
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
81 1541
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
82 1540
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
83 1540
     
Handle
pint of beer
84 1531
     
Tramping
hiking
85 1529
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
86 1526
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
87 1526
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1525
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
89 1524
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
90 1523
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
91 1522
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
92 1522
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
93 1519
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
94 1518
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
95 1518
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1517
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
97 1516
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
98 1515
     
Lift
elevator
99 1511
     
Ta
thanks
100 1509
     
Kiwi
new zealander
101 1507
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
102 1506
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
103 1504
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
104 1503
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
105 1503
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
106 1502
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
107 1501
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
108 1499
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
109 1497
     
Chook
chicken
110 1496
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
111 1494
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
112 1492
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
113 1491
     
Sprog
child
114 1491
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
115 1490
     
Root
have sex, get sex
116 1490
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
117 1489
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
118 1489
     
Ropeable
very angry
119 1489
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
120 1488
     
Cockie
farmer
121 1487
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1484
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1484
     
Up the duff
pregnant
124 1480
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1479
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
126 1478
     
Pinky
little finger
127 1478
     
Greasies
fish and chips
128 1476
     
Bugger
damn!!
129 1474
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
130 1474
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1473
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
132 1472
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
133 1472
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
134 1471
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
135 1471
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
136 1469
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
137 1469
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1469
     
Sparkie
electrician
139 1469
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
140 1468
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
141 1464
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
142 1462
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
143 1462
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
144 1461
     
Lurgy
flu
145 1460
     
Bloke
man
146 1459
     
Motorway
freeway
147 1459
     
Spud
potato
148 1457
     
Squiz
take a quick look
149 1457
     
Creek
small stream
150 1456
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
151 1456
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
152 1456
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1455
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
154 1454
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1452
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
156 1451
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
157 1450
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1450
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1449
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
160 1444
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1443
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1442
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
163 1441
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
164 1439
     
Tights
pantyhose
165 1439
     
Flog
steal, rob
166 1438
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
167 1438
     
Serviette
paper napkin
168 1436
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
169 1433
     
Happy as larry
very happy
170 1432
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
171 1431
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
172 1429
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
173 1427
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
174 1427
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
175 1426
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
176 1424
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
177 1423
     
Twink
white-out
178 1423
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
179 1422
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1420
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1416
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
182 1414
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
183 1414
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1413
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
185 1412
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
186 1412
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1411
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
188 1407
     
Cardi
cardigan
189 1406
     
Kick the Bucket
die
190 1406
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
191 1406
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
192 1402
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
193 1401
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
194 1400
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
195 1399
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
196 1398
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
197 1397
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
198 1397
     
Cuz
cousin, family
199 1396
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1395
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
201 1392
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
202 1391
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1391
     
Oldies
parents
204 1388
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1388
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
206 1387
     
Postal code
zip code
207 1387
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
208 1385
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
209 1384
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1378
     
Perve
to stare
211 1375
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
212 1375
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1374
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
214 1372
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1372
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
216 1371
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
217 1370
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
218 1364
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1363
     
Mate
buddy
220 1361
     
Scarfie
university student
221 1361
     
Torch
flashlight
222 1358
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
223 1357
     
Whinge
complain, moan
224 1357
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
225 1355
     
pudding
dessert
226 1355
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1350
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
228 1345
     
Old Bomb
old car
229 1345
     
Snarler
sausage
230 1344
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
231 1343
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1343
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1342
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1336
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1334
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1316
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1291
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1284
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1282
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1204
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1115
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1103
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1100
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1083
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
245 1075
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1074
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1066
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
248 1061
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
249 1060
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1057
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1055
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1045
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1042
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1033
     
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 1031
     
Gurb
Food
256 1017
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
257 1010
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
258 1010
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1006
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1006
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
261 999
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 999
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 993
     
Hubby
Partner
264 993
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 991
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 991
     
Yonks
A long time
267 989
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 988
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 988
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 985
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
271 983
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 982
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 979
     
Jack up
To organise
274 978
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
275 978
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 977
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
277 976
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 975
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 975
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 973
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 973
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 970
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 966
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 959
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 958
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 958
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 954
     
Spill
Tell all
288 954
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 952
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 949
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 945
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 939
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 936
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 934
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 931
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
296 929
     
too much
really good
297 929
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 928
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 916
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
300 914
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 911
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 911
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 909
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 908
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 897
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 894
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 891
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 889
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 884
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 882
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
311 866
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
312 862
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 814
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 766
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 759
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 737
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 677
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime