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 2208
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2193
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2087
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2032
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2020
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 1985
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 1976
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 1974
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 1959
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 1931
     
wai wai express
walking
11 1915
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
12 1905
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1894
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1866
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1865
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1853
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
17 1850
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
18 1846
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1844
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
20 1835
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
21 1834
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1833
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
23 1832
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1800
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1796
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1791
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 1783
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1780
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
29 1767
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1763
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1758
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
32 1752
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
33 1742
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1739
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1736
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
36 1733
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1731
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1728
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
39 1717
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1717
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1705
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
42 1685
     
piece of piss
it's easy
43 1684
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1676
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1669
     
sweet as
everything is ok
46 1667
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
47 1629
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
48 1628
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
49 1625
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
50 1623
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
51 1623
     
Good as gold
52 1622
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1615
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1602
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1591
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1584
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1581
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1580
     
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 1576
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1562
     
Crib
bach
61 1514
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1488
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1465
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1450
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1444
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
66 1437
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
67 1434
     
Brickie
bricklayer
68 1422
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
69 1420
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
70 1419
     
Arvo
afternoon
71 1416
     
Barbie
barbeque
72 1409
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
73 1409
     
Rellies
relatives, family
74 1400
     
Tramping
hiking
75 1400
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
76 1399
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
77 1399
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
78 1397
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
79 1395
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
80 1393
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1391
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
82 1389
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
83 1385
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
84 1384
     
Bach
holiday home
85 1381
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
86 1380
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1378
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
88 1376
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
89 1376
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
90 1376
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
91 1373
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
92 1372
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
93 1368
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
94 1368
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
95 1367
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
96 1364
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
97 1364
     
Sprog
child
98 1363
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
99 1355
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
100 1355
     
Ta
thanks
101 1355
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
102 1354
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
103 1354
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
104 1352
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
105 1352
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
106 1350
     
Kiwi
new zealander
107 1349
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
108 1347
     
Root
have sex, get sex
109 1346
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
110 1345
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
111 1344
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
112 1344
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
113 1343
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
114 1342
     
Greasies
fish and chips
115 1342
     
Ropeable
very angry
116 1342
     
Sparkie
electrician
117 1342
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
118 1341
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
119 1341
     
Up the duff
pregnant
120 1340
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
121 1338
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
122 1338
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
123 1337
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
124 1336
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
125 1336
     
Handle
pint of beer
126 1335
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
127 1334
     
Lurgy
flu
128 1334
     
Cockie
farmer
129 1332
     
Bloke
man
130 1331
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
131 1331
     
Pinky
little finger
132 1330
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
133 1329
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
134 1328
     
Squiz
take a quick look
135 1328
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
136 1327
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
137 1326
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
138 1325
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
139 1324
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
140 1323
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
141 1323
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
142 1322
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
143 1319
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
144 1319
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
145 1318
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
146 1317
     
Spud
potato
147 1317
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
148 1316
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
149 1315
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
150 1314
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
151 1314
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
152 1314
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
153 1313
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1312
     
Bugger
damn!!
155 1311
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
156 1311
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
157 1311
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
158 1311
     
Chook
chicken
159 1308
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
160 1305
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
161 1305
     
Serviette
paper napkin
162 1303
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
163 1302
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1301
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
165 1301
     
Twink
white-out
166 1301
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1300
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1298
     
Happy as larry
very happy
169 1297
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1297
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1295
     
Creek
small stream
172 1293
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
173 1292
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
174 1291
     
Nappy
diaper
175 1291
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
176 1290
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1287
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
178 1286
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
179 1281
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1277
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
181 1274
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
182 1273
     
Postal code
zip code
183 1273
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
184 1273
     
Kick the Bucket
die
185 1272
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
186 1272
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
187 1271
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
188 1271
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1270
     
Cuz
cousin, family
190 1269
     
Hard yakka
hard work
191 1269
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
192 1268
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
193 1266
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1265
     
Tights
pantyhose
195 1263
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
196 1262
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
197 1259
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
198 1257
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
199 1257
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
200 1256
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1255
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
202 1255
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1254
     
Pakeha
non maori person
204 1253
     
Oldies
parents
205 1252
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
206 1251
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
207 1251
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
208 1245
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1241
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
210 1237
     
Perve
to stare
211 1237
     
Whinge
complain, moan
212 1237
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
213 1236
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
214 1235
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1235
     
Lift
elevator
216 1235
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
217 1235
     
Mate
buddy
218 1234
     
Torch
flashlight
219 1234
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1231
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
221 1230
     
pudding
dessert
222 1229
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
223 1228
     
Old Bomb
old car
224 1222
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1219
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1215
     
Lolly
Candy
227 1214
     
Ute
small pick up truck
228 1213
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
229 1208
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
230 1207
     
Motorway
freeway
231 1199
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
232 1196
     
Scarfie
university student
233 1195
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1194
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1192
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
236 1167
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1167
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
238 1163
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1122
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1064
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1012
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 988
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 985
     
crash hot
excellent
244 977
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
245 956
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
246 952
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
247 951
     
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)
248 945
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
249 933
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 930
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
251 924
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
252 924
     
Gurb
Food
253 923
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
254 922
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
255 917
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
256 913
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 913
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
258 908
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 908
     
Yonks
A long time
260 904
     
Hubby
Partner
261 903
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
262 900
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 900
     
Jack up
To organise
264 900
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 898
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
266 898
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
267 897
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
268 896
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 892
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
270 889
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
271 888
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
272 888
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 888
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 887
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 886
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
276 886
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
277 885
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
278 883
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 883
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
280 882
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
281 877
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 874
     
Spill
Tell all
283 870
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
284 869
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 867
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 865
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
287 863
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
288 861
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
289 860
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
290 857
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
291 856
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 854
     
too much
really good
293 854
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 851
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 851
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 844
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 839
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
298 837
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
299 837
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 831
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 828
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 827
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 817
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 815
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 812
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 810
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 809
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 801
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 787
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 784
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 768
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 718
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 713
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 679
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 672
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 643
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 597
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime