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 2832
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2795
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2748
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2682
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
5 2659
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
6 2657
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
7 2561
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2551
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
9 2549
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2539
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2525
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2497
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2442
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2435
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2428
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2419
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
17 2414
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2411
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2406
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2385
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
21 2372
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
22 2370
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
23 2360
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
24 2359
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2353
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2352
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2343
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2338
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2329
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2316
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2298
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2295
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2291
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
34 2286
     
Good as gold
35 2286
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
36 2281
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 2280
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 2267
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2265
     
Much of a muchness
Same
40 2257
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2257
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2255
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2230
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2214
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2188
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2164
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2131
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
48 2107
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
49 2102
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
50 2102
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 2100
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
52 2096
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
53 2089
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
54 2067
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 2053
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 2051
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
57 2050
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
58 2030
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 2026
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 2019
     
Good nick
good condition
61 2002
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 2001
     
Crib
bach
63 2001
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
64 1991
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1966
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
66 1965
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
67 1909
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1908
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1903
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
70 1901
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
71 1901
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1901
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
73 1897
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1882
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1877
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
76 1862
     
Chook
chicken
77 1860
     
Rellies
relatives, family
78 1858
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
79 1853
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
80 1850
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1844
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1842
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
83 1842
     
Chick
woman/female
84 1842
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
85 1838
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
86 1833
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
87 1823
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
88 1820
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
89 1819
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
90 1817
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
91 1816
     
Sparkie
electrician
92 1816
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
93 1814
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
94 1814
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
95 1812
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
96 1812
     
Motorway
freeway
97 1809
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
98 1809
     
Sprog
child
99 1809
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
100 1805
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
101 1801
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
102 1799
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
103 1798
     
Root
have sex, get sex
104 1798
     
Ropeable
very angry
105 1798
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
106 1798
     
Ta
thanks
107 1797
     
Lift
elevator
108 1793
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
109 1792
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
110 1792
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
111 1792
     
Cockie
farmer
112 1789
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
113 1787
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
114 1783
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
115 1783
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
116 1783
     
Kiwi
new zealander
117 1782
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
118 1782
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
119 1781
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1781
     
Tramping
hiking
121 1781
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
122 1779
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1779
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
124 1778
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
125 1778
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
126 1777
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
127 1774
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
128 1773
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
129 1773
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
130 1772
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
131 1771
     
Spud
potato
132 1760
     
Up the duff
pregnant
133 1760
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
134 1758
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
135 1757
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
136 1757
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
137 1756
     
Pinky
little finger
138 1756
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1753
     
Squiz
take a quick look
140 1752
     
Bugger
damn!!
141 1751
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
142 1751
     
Lurgy
flu
143 1751
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1750
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
145 1749
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
146 1748
     
Greasies
fish and chips
147 1748
     
Creek
small stream
148 1747
     
Flog
steal, rob
149 1746
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
150 1746
     
Bloke
man
151 1745
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
152 1745
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
153 1744
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
154 1743
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
155 1740
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
156 1738
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
157 1738
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1736
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
159 1734
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
160 1731
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
161 1730
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
162 1729
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1729
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
164 1725
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
165 1725
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
166 1724
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
167 1724
     
Happy as larry
very happy
168 1721
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
169 1720
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1719
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
171 1718
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
172 1718
     
Nappy
diaper
173 1718
     
Tights
pantyhose
174 1715
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
175 1713
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
176 1713
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
177 1713
     
Serviette
paper napkin
178 1713
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
179 1712
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
180 1711
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
181 1711
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
182 1710
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
183 1710
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1706
     
Twink
white-out
185 1704
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
186 1698
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
187 1696
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1693
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
189 1693
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
190 1690
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
191 1689
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
192 1688
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
193 1684
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
194 1681
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
195 1680
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
196 1680
     
Quack
Medical doctor
197 1678
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
198 1677
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
199 1676
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
200 1672
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
201 1672
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1671
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
203 1670
     
Oldies
parents
204 1670
     
Cuz
cousin, family
205 1667
     
Perve
to stare
206 1667
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
207 1666
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
208 1664
     
Cardi
cardigan
209 1662
     
Mate
buddy
210 1662
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
211 1661
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1660
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
213 1659
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
214 1658
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
215 1657
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
216 1657
     
pudding
dessert
217 1657
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
218 1653
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
219 1650
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
220 1649
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
221 1649
     
Postal code
zip code
222 1648
     
Snarler
sausage
223 1648
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
224 1644
     
Torch
flashlight
225 1641
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1638
     
Scarfie
university student
227 1638
     
Lolly
Candy
228 1635
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
229 1634
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1632
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
231 1629
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1620
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1620
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1605
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1603
     
Whinge
complain, moan
236 1596
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1575
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1556
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
239 1537
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1480
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1430
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1424
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1381
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1377
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1371
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
246 1362
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1361
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1361
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1332
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1294
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1291
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1284
     
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)
253 1282
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
254 1281
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1275
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1266
     
Hubby
Partner
257 1262
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
258 1258
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1257
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1255
     
Gurb
Food
261 1254
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1253
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
263 1243
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 1241
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1241
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
266 1239
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 1238
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
268 1238
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
269 1232
     
Jack up
To organise
270 1230
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
271 1229
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
272 1226
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
273 1225
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
274 1223
     
Spill
Tell all
275 1221
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1221
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1220
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
278 1220
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
279 1217
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
280 1214
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 1213
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
282 1211
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1210
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1210
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
285 1202
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
286 1201
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
287 1200
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
288 1200
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
289 1197
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
290 1197
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
291 1195
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1192
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
293 1191
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
294 1190
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
295 1188
     
too much
really good
296 1188
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
297 1187
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 1182
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1172
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1166
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
301 1160
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1154
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 1154
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 1154
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
305 1146
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 1142
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
307 1139
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
308 1133
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 1125
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 1116
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
311 1112
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
312 1109
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 1067
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 1036
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
315 989
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
316 985
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 921
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime