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 2502
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2441
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2406
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2316
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2300
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2267
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2232
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2216
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2206
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2201
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2195
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2173
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2123
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2107
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 2098
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2098
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 2092
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2089
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2073
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2069
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2063
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2059
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2057
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2040
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 2030
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
26 2028
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 2019
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
28 2018
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 2008
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2005
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1992
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 1990
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1981
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
34 1979
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1963
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1957
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1953
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1948
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1944
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
40 1937
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1937
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
42 1929
     
Good as gold
43 1927
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1908
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1904
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1880
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1847
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1843
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1822
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1822
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1817
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1814
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1799
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1794
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1791
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1788
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1776
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1765
     
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 1760
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
60 1759
     
Crib
bach
61 1750
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
62 1740
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
63 1727
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1720
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1686
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1668
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1656
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1648
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
69 1646
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
70 1645
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1634
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1630
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
73 1630
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
74 1627
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1626
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1624
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
77 1609
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
78 1607
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
79 1602
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1601
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1601
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1599
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1595
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
84 1587
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
85 1587
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
86 1582
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
87 1582
     
Chook
chicken
88 1578
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
89 1578
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
90 1575
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
91 1575
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
92 1574
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
93 1572
     
Tramping
hiking
94 1571
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
95 1568
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
96 1568
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
97 1567
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
98 1566
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
99 1565
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1563
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
101 1562
     
Lift
elevator
102 1561
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
103 1559
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1556
     
Root
have sex, get sex
105 1556
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
106 1555
     
Ta
thanks
107 1554
     
Motorway
freeway
108 1553
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
109 1552
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
110 1549
     
Ropeable
very angry
111 1548
     
Cockie
farmer
112 1547
     
Sprog
child
113 1547
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
114 1546
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
115 1544
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
116 1544
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
117 1544
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
118 1543
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
119 1542
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1538
     
Sparkie
electrician
121 1538
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
122 1536
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
123 1534
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
124 1534
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
125 1534
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
126 1533
     
Up the duff
pregnant
127 1533
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
128 1531
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
129 1530
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
130 1528
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
131 1527
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
132 1523
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
133 1522
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1521
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
135 1519
     
Greasies
fish and chips
136 1519
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
137 1519
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1518
     
Pinky
little finger
139 1518
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
140 1518
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
141 1516
     
Spud
potato
142 1514
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
143 1513
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
144 1512
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
145 1512
     
Bloke
man
146 1511
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
147 1510
     
Creek
small stream
148 1509
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
149 1508
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
150 1507
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
151 1504
     
Squiz
take a quick look
152 1503
     
Lurgy
flu
153 1502
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
154 1500
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1500
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1500
     
Flog
steal, rob
157 1498
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1498
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
159 1497
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
160 1496
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
161 1495
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1495
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1493
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1489
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1486
     
Tights
pantyhose
166 1485
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1482
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
168 1482
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1480
     
Happy as larry
very happy
170 1480
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
171 1478
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1477
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
173 1476
     
Serviette
paper napkin
174 1475
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
175 1474
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
176 1473
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
177 1473
     
Twink
white-out
178 1473
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
179 1472
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
180 1471
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1471
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
182 1470
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
183 1469
     
Nappy
diaper
184 1465
     
Hard yakka
hard work
185 1464
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1460
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1460
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
188 1459
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
189 1456
     
Cuz
cousin, family
190 1454
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
191 1453
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
192 1453
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
193 1453
     
Cardi
cardigan
194 1451
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1449
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
196 1448
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1447
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
198 1446
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
199 1443
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
200 1442
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
201 1442
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
202 1441
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
203 1439
     
Quack
Medical doctor
204 1439
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1436
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
206 1433
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1428
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
208 1427
     
Postal code
zip code
209 1426
     
Oldies
parents
210 1425
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
211 1422
     
Perve
to stare
212 1420
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
213 1420
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
214 1419
     
Pakeha
non maori person
215 1419
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
216 1419
     
Scarfie
university student
217 1418
     
Mate
buddy
218 1416
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1413
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
220 1411
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
221 1408
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1407
     
pudding
dessert
223 1405
     
Torch
flashlight
224 1405
     
Whinge
complain, moan
225 1405
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
226 1403
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
227 1402
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1400
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
229 1398
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1396
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1393
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1389
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1389
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1385
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1376
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1367
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1332
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1329
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1320
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1248
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1176
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1168
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1143
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1133
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1127
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1122
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1108
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1108
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1102
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
250 1101
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1094
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1083
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1081
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1076
     
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 1068
     
Gurb
Food
256 1054
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 1052
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
258 1051
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1050
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1049
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1047
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 1045
     
Hubby
Partner
263 1037
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1037
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1031
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1028
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 1027
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
268 1027
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
269 1025
     
Yonks
A long time
270 1025
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1020
     
Jack up
To organise
272 1020
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
273 1019
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1019
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 1018
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
276 1018
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
277 1016
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
278 1015
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1015
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
280 1013
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
281 1012
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 1011
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1005
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 1000
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 1000
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 998
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 997
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
288 996
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 993
     
Spill
Tell all
290 991
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 985
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 979
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 978
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 978
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 977
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 976
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 974
     
too much
really good
298 970
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 953
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
300 952
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
301 952
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 951
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
303 946
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 941
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 940
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 940
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 936
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
308 931
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 931
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 924
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 922
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 916
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 861
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 821
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 813
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 779
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 711
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime