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 2286
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2262
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2165
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2104
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2094
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2062
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 2042
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2041
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2023
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2017
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 1982
     
wai wai express
walking
12 1977
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1956
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1931
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1924
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1917
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 1917
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
18 1910
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 1907
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 1906
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
21 1895
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
22 1895
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1892
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1871
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1859
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1854
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
27 1846
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 1846
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
29 1829
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1827
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1826
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1819
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1812
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1796
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1793
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
36 1792
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1792
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1791
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1779
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
40 1776
     
piece of piss
it's easy
41 1764
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1762
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1749
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1736
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1725
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1724
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
47 1705
     
Good as gold
48 1700
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1688
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1687
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1681
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1679
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1669
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1656
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1650
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1645
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1637
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1634
     
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 1630
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1615
     
Crib
bach
61 1582
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1539
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1518
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1508
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1494
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
66 1492
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
67 1490
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
68 1489
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1486
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1479
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
71 1477
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
72 1473
     
Chick
woman/female
73 1467
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
74 1467
     
Barbie
barbeque
75 1462
     
Rellies
relatives, family
76 1453
     
Tramping
hiking
77 1453
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
78 1452
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
79 1452
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
80 1451
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
81 1447
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
82 1447
     
Bach
holiday home
83 1446
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
84 1443
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
85 1440
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
86 1439
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
87 1438
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
88 1434
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
89 1433
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
90 1426
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
91 1424
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
92 1423
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
93 1421
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
94 1419
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
95 1418
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
96 1418
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
97 1416
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
98 1415
     
Sprog
child
99 1412
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
100 1410
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
101 1409
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
102 1409
     
Ta
thanks
103 1409
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
104 1407
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
105 1405
     
Cockie
farmer
106 1404
     
Kiwi
new zealander
107 1403
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
108 1400
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
109 1400
     
Handle
pint of beer
110 1399
     
Root
have sex, get sex
111 1399
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
112 1397
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
113 1397
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
114 1396
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
115 1396
     
Ropeable
very angry
116 1396
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
117 1395
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
118 1395
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
119 1395
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
120 1394
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
121 1394
     
Greasies
fish and chips
122 1394
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
123 1393
     
Sparkie
electrician
124 1393
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1392
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
126 1392
     
Up the duff
pregnant
127 1392
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
128 1391
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
129 1389
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
130 1389
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
131 1386
     
Lurgy
flu
132 1386
     
Bugger
damn!!
133 1385
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
134 1384
     
Bloke
man
135 1379
     
Pinky
little finger
136 1379
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
137 1377
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
138 1377
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
139 1377
     
Squiz
take a quick look
140 1377
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
141 1375
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
142 1374
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
143 1373
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
144 1373
     
Chook
chicken
145 1371
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
146 1371
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
147 1371
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
148 1369
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
149 1367
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
150 1367
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1366
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
152 1365
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
153 1365
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
154 1364
     
Spud
potato
155 1364
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
156 1363
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
157 1361
     
Flog
steal, rob
158 1360
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1358
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
160 1358
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1355
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
162 1352
     
Serviette
paper napkin
163 1350
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
164 1349
     
Twink
white-out
165 1349
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1348
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1348
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
168 1348
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
169 1346
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1344
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
171 1342
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
172 1342
     
Creek
small stream
173 1341
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
174 1341
     
Nappy
diaper
175 1338
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
176 1337
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
177 1337
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
178 1336
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
179 1333
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
180 1329
     
Cardi
cardigan
181 1328
     
Kick the Bucket
die
182 1324
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
183 1321
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1318
     
Cuz
cousin, family
185 1318
     
Postal code
zip code
186 1318
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
187 1318
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
188 1317
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
189 1317
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
190 1317
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
191 1316
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
192 1315
     
Hard yakka
hard work
193 1314
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1313
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1310
     
Tights
pantyhose
196 1309
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1308
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
198 1307
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
199 1307
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
200 1305
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
201 1305
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
202 1304
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1303
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
204 1302
     
Pakeha
non maori person
205 1299
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
206 1298
     
Oldies
parents
207 1297
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
208 1297
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
209 1294
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1287
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1285
     
Perve
to stare
212 1283
     
Torch
flashlight
213 1282
     
Whinge
complain, moan
214 1281
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
215 1280
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
216 1280
     
Mate
buddy
217 1279
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
218 1278
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
219 1277
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
220 1277
     
Lift
elevator
221 1276
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
222 1276
     
Motorway
freeway
223 1275
     
pudding
dessert
224 1272
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
225 1269
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1266
     
Ute
small pick up truck
227 1266
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
228 1263
     
Lolly
Candy
229 1259
     
Snarler
sausage
230 1259
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
231 1257
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
232 1251
     
Scarfie
university student
233 1249
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1245
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
235 1245
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1238
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1213
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1210
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1167
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1111
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1043
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 1025
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 1021
     
crash hot
excellent
244 1013
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
245 1006
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
246 993
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
247 992
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
248 986
     
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)
249 982
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 970
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
251 958
     
Gurb
Food
252 958
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
253 958
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
254 957
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
255 956
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 952
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 951
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
258 945
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 944
     
Yonks
A long time
260 941
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
261 940
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
262 938
     
Hubby
Partner
263 934
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
264 933
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 930
     
Jack up
To organise
266 930
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
267 929
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
268 929
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 928
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
270 924
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
271 924
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 924
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
273 921
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
274 921
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
275 921
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 921
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 920
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
278 920
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 919
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 917
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
281 916
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 910
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
283 907
     
Spill
Tell all
284 904
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 903
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 902
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
287 899
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 898
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 896
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
290 895
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
291 893
     
too much
really good
292 888
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 886
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 885
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 884
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 880
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 873
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 870
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 868
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 866
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 865
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 859
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
303 858
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 854
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 847
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 842
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 842
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 834
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 820
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 817
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 804
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 773
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 755
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 716
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 709
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 677
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 632
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime