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 2737
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2674
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2647
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2566
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2549
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2539
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2450
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2440
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2438
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2432
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2407
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2394
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2338
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2326
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2322
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2320
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2309
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2306
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2289
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2275
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2266
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2264
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2260
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
24 2258
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2252
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2233
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
27 2230
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 2229
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2218
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2217
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2201
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2193
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2185
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2180
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2172
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2170
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2165
     
Good as gold
38 2161
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2159
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2150
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2147
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2144
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2122
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2113
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2085
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2063
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2033
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 2015
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 2012
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1998
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1998
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1992
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1971
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1960
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 1960
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1953
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
57 1935
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
58 1932
     
Good nick
good condition
59 1927
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
60 1921
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
61 1917
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1912
     
Crib
bach
63 1908
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
64 1893
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
65 1875
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1874
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1821
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1818
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
69 1809
     
Brickie
bricklayer
70 1808
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
71 1804
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1803
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1794
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1780
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1780
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
76 1774
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1773
     
Chook
chicken
78 1760
     
Chick
woman/female
79 1759
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
80 1759
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
81 1758
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
82 1756
     
Handle
pint of beer
83 1750
     
Barbie
barbeque
84 1745
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
85 1745
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
86 1745
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1734
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
88 1731
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
89 1728
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1728
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
91 1726
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
92 1724
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
93 1724
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
94 1724
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
95 1724
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1722
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
97 1721
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
98 1720
     
Sprog
child
99 1717
     
Sparkie
electrician
100 1715
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
101 1714
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
102 1713
     
Tramping
hiking
103 1711
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1710
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
105 1710
     
Lift
elevator
106 1708
     
Root
have sex, get sex
107 1708
     
Ropeable
very angry
108 1708
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
109 1706
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
110 1702
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
111 1701
     
Ta
thanks
112 1700
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
113 1699
     
Cockie
farmer
114 1698
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
115 1697
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
116 1697
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
117 1697
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
118 1697
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
119 1696
     
Kiwi
new zealander
120 1696
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
121 1693
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
122 1692
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
123 1691
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1691
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1690
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1688
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
127 1685
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
128 1684
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1682
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
130 1679
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1678
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
132 1676
     
Spud
potato
133 1675
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1673
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
135 1673
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
136 1671
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
137 1670
     
Up the duff
pregnant
138 1670
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1668
     
Greasies
fish and chips
140 1666
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
141 1666
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
142 1664
     
Pinky
little finger
143 1664
     
Creek
small stream
144 1663
     
Bloke
man
145 1662
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
146 1660
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
147 1657
     
Squiz
take a quick look
148 1656
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
149 1655
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
150 1654
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
151 1653
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
152 1653
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
153 1653
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1651
     
Lurgy
flu
155 1651
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
156 1649
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
157 1647
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1647
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
159 1646
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
160 1641
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1640
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
162 1637
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1637
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1637
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
165 1635
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
166 1634
     
Happy as larry
very happy
167 1632
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1632
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
169 1631
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
170 1631
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
171 1629
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1628
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
173 1627
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
174 1627
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
175 1627
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
176 1625
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
177 1624
     
Serviette
paper napkin
178 1621
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
179 1619
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1619
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
181 1618
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
182 1617
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
183 1617
     
Twink
white-out
184 1617
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
185 1615
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
186 1615
     
Hard yakka
hard work
187 1611
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1611
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
189 1608
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1603
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
191 1602
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1600
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
193 1597
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
194 1594
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
195 1594
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1593
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
197 1591
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
198 1588
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
199 1587
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
200 1586
     
Cuz
cousin, family
201 1585
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
202 1585
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
203 1584
     
Quack
Medical doctor
204 1584
     
Oldies
parents
205 1582
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
206 1581
     
Cardi
cardigan
207 1580
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
208 1578
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1577
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
210 1575
     
Mate
buddy
211 1574
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1574
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
213 1573
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1573
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1573
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1571
     
Perve
to stare
217 1569
     
pudding
dessert
218 1569
     
Snarler
sausage
219 1562
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
220 1561
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
221 1561
     
Postal code
zip code
222 1560
     
Scarfie
university student
223 1558
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
224 1556
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1555
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1553
     
Torch
flashlight
227 1551
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
228 1550
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
229 1549
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
230 1548
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1541
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1537
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1528
     
Whinge
complain, moan
234 1519
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1518
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1515
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1483
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1472
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1461
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1392
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1336
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1324
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1300
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1290
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1275
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1271
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1264
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1261
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1242
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1235
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1231
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1219
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1218
     
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)
254 1218
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1212
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1204
     
Hubby
Partner
257 1194
     
Gurb
Food
258 1193
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
259 1193
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 1192
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1190
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
262 1185
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
263 1185
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1184
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 1182
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1180
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1175
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1174
     
Jack up
To organise
269 1169
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
270 1169
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1168
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 1166
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 1166
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 1162
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1162
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1158
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1156
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
278 1154
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1154
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
280 1152
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
281 1152
     
Spill
Tell all
282 1152
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1150
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1148
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
285 1145
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1141
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1139
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1137
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1136
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
290 1134
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
291 1132
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1131
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 1128
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 1127
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
295 1125
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
296 1124
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
297 1124
     
too much
really good
298 1121
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1103
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1099
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1092
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1091
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
303 1089
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 1089
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 1082
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
306 1081
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 1080
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1072
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
309 1055
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 1055
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 1054
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1049
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 1004
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 971
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
315 930
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
316 930
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 853
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime