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 2414
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2373
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2287
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2213
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2210
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2183
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2143
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2139
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2133
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
10 2132
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2124
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2100
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2055
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 2037
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 2031
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 2030
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 2029
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 2014
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 2012
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2006
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 2003
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1992
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1991
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
24 1977
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1967
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
26 1965
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1956
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1948
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1935
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1934
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1926
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1921
     
piece of piss
it's easy
33 1918
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1908
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1903
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1894
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1893
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1889
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1881
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1878
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1873
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1865
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1857
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1847
     
Good as gold
45 1844
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1840
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1808
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1802
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1785
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1779
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1771
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1768
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1761
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1750
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1742
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1739
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1737
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1724
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1724
     
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 1724
     
Crib
bach
61 1701
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1688
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
63 1641
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1640
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1620
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1616
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
67 1603
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1602
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
69 1596
     
Rellies
relatives, family
70 1594
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1591
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
72 1584
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
73 1578
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
74 1577
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1575
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
76 1567
     
Chick
woman/female
77 1560
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1559
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
79 1559
     
Barbie
barbeque
80 1558
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
81 1556
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
82 1555
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
83 1549
     
Handle
pint of beer
84 1547
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
85 1539
     
Tramping
hiking
86 1538
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
87 1537
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
88 1534
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
89 1534
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
90 1533
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
91 1531
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
92 1531
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
93 1530
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
94 1527
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
95 1526
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1526
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
97 1525
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
98 1524
     
Lift
elevator
99 1520
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
100 1519
     
Ta
thanks
101 1518
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
102 1515
     
Chook
chicken
103 1515
     
Kiwi
new zealander
104 1515
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
105 1513
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
106 1512
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
107 1512
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
108 1512
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
109 1507
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
110 1506
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
111 1503
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
112 1502
     
Sprog
child
113 1502
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
114 1500
     
Root
have sex, get sex
115 1500
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
116 1499
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
117 1499
     
Ropeable
very angry
118 1499
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
119 1498
     
Cockie
farmer
120 1496
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
121 1496
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1493
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1492
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
124 1488
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1488
     
Up the duff
pregnant
126 1488
     
Pinky
little finger
127 1487
     
Greasies
fish and chips
128 1484
     
Bugger
damn!!
129 1482
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
130 1482
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
131 1482
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
132 1481
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
133 1480
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
134 1480
     
Motorway
freeway
135 1480
     
Sparkie
electrician
136 1479
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
137 1479
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
138 1478
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
139 1478
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
140 1477
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
141 1476
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
142 1472
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
143 1470
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1470
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
145 1470
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
146 1469
     
Lurgy
flu
147 1468
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
148 1468
     
Bloke
man
149 1467
     
Spud
potato
150 1467
     
Creek
small stream
151 1465
     
Squiz
take a quick look
152 1465
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1463
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
154 1463
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
155 1462
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
156 1460
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
157 1460
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
158 1459
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
159 1458
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
160 1458
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
161 1453
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
162 1451
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1450
     
Tights
pantyhose
164 1449
     
Flog
steal, rob
165 1448
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
166 1448
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1447
     
Serviette
paper napkin
168 1444
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
169 1442
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
170 1441
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
171 1441
     
Happy as larry
very happy
172 1441
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
173 1436
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
174 1435
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
175 1435
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
176 1433
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
177 1432
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
178 1431
     
Twink
white-out
179 1431
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1427
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
181 1426
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
182 1424
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
183 1424
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1422
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
185 1421
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
186 1420
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1420
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1416
     
Cardi
cardigan
189 1415
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1415
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
191 1414
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
192 1410
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
193 1410
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
194 1409
     
Cuz
cousin, family
195 1408
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
196 1408
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
197 1407
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
198 1406
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
199 1405
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1403
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
201 1401
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
202 1401
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
203 1399
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
204 1399
     
Oldies
parents
205 1396
     
Postal code
zip code
206 1396
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
207 1396
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
208 1395
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
209 1394
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1386
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
211 1384
     
Perve
to stare
212 1383
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
213 1382
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
214 1382
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
215 1382
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1380
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
217 1379
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1373
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1372
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1372
     
Mate
buddy
221 1371
     
Torch
flashlight
222 1367
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
223 1366
     
Whinge
complain, moan
224 1366
     
pudding
dessert
225 1363
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
226 1362
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1358
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1357
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
229 1354
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
230 1353
     
Old Bomb
old car
231 1353
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1352
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1350
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1345
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1341
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1325
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1299
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1293
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1290
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1212
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1124
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1115
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1104
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1087
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
245 1084
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1079
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1070
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
248 1066
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
249 1065
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1061
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1059
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1049
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1047
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1038
     
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 1035
     
Gurb
Food
256 1022
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1015
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1014
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1012
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1011
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
261 1003
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1003
     
Hubby
Partner
263 999
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 998
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 997
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 997
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 994
     
Yonks
A long time
268 993
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
269 992
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 990
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
271 989
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
272 988
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 985
     
Jack up
To organise
274 982
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
275 982
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 981
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
277 980
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 980
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 980
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 977
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 977
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 974
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 970
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 963
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 963
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
286 962
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
287 959
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
288 958
     
Spill
Tell all
289 958
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 955
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 950
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 944
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 941
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 938
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 936
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
296 936
     
too much
really good
297 933
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 932
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 921
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
300 919
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 916
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 915
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 913
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 912
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 901
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 898
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 896
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 894
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 888
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 887
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
311 879
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
312 867
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 818
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 772
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 765
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 744
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 681
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime