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 2647
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2565
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2560
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2475
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2451
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2400
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2359
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
8 2343
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2339
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
10 2331
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2324
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2298
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2240
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2235
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
15 2230
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2222
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2218
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2212
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2179
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2178
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 2175
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2169
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2169
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2157
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
25 2156
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2139
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
27 2137
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 2135
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2134
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2116
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2104
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2100
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2092
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2087
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2075
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2072
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2071
     
Good as gold
38 2064
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2063
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2056
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2055
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2046
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2037
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2019
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1996
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1976
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1954
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1933
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1919
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1917
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1914
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1906
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1884
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1879
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 1878
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1872
     
Good nick
good condition
57 1860
     
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 1850
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1848
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1841
     
Crib
bach
61 1836
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1825
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
63 1821
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
64 1800
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1788
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
66 1760
     
Brickie
bricklayer
67 1736
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1735
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
69 1735
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
70 1732
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1729
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1726
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1712
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1708
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1702
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1701
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1699
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1683
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
79 1682
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1681
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1673
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1671
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
83 1670
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1670
     
Chook
chicken
85 1668
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1667
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1665
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
88 1657
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
89 1656
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1653
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
91 1649
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
92 1648
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
93 1648
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
94 1646
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1645
     
Tramping
hiking
96 1643
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
97 1642
     
Sprog
child
98 1642
     
Motorway
freeway
99 1641
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
100 1640
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
101 1638
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
102 1637
     
Ropeable
very angry
103 1636
     
Sparkie
electrician
104 1635
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
105 1633
     
Lift
elevator
106 1632
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
107 1632
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
108 1631
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
109 1631
     
Root
have sex, get sex
110 1629
     
Ta
thanks
111 1628
     
Cockie
farmer
112 1627
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
113 1627
     
Kiwi
new zealander
114 1626
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
115 1622
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
116 1622
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
117 1621
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
118 1620
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
119 1620
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
120 1619
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
121 1619
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1618
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
123 1618
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
124 1616
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1614
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1612
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
127 1612
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
128 1608
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
129 1608
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
130 1606
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
131 1605
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
132 1602
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
133 1601
     
Up the duff
pregnant
134 1601
     
Spud
potato
135 1600
     
Bloke
man
136 1599
     
Bugger
damn!!
137 1599
     
Greasies
fish and chips
138 1598
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
139 1598
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
140 1592
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
141 1591
     
Pinky
little finger
142 1591
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
143 1591
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
144 1590
     
Creek
small stream
145 1590
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1588
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
147 1583
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
148 1583
     
Squiz
take a quick look
149 1583
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
150 1582
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
151 1580
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
152 1579
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
153 1575
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
154 1573
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
155 1573
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
156 1572
     
Lurgy
flu
157 1570
     
Flog
steal, rob
158 1569
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1568
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
160 1568
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1566
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
162 1564
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
163 1561
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
164 1561
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
165 1559
     
Tights
pantyhose
166 1559
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
167 1558
     
Happy as larry
very happy
168 1557
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
169 1557
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
170 1557
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
171 1557
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
172 1556
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
173 1553
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
174 1552
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
175 1552
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
176 1551
     
Serviette
paper napkin
177 1547
     
Twink
white-out
178 1547
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
179 1545
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
180 1545
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
181 1544
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
182 1542
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
183 1542
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1540
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1538
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1536
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
187 1536
     
Hard yakka
hard work
188 1534
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1530
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1528
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
191 1528
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
192 1527
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
193 1526
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
194 1525
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
195 1521
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
196 1518
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
197 1517
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
198 1517
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
199 1515
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
200 1514
     
Cuz
cousin, family
201 1512
     
Cardi
cardigan
202 1509
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
203 1509
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1509
     
Quack
Medical doctor
205 1508
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
206 1507
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
207 1506
     
Oldies
parents
208 1504
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
209 1503
     
Mate
buddy
210 1502
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
211 1502
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
212 1501
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
213 1499
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
214 1498
     
Pakeha
non maori person
215 1495
     
pudding
dessert
216 1494
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
217 1493
     
Postal code
zip code
218 1492
     
Perve
to stare
219 1491
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
220 1490
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
221 1487
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
222 1484
     
Scarfie
university student
223 1484
     
Snarler
sausage
224 1484
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
225 1483
     
Torch
flashlight
226 1481
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
227 1479
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
228 1479
     
Old Bomb
old car
229 1477
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
230 1472
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1469
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1465
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1454
     
Whinge
complain, moan
234 1450
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1448
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1448
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1404
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1403
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1394
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1314
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1253
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1249
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1221
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1217
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1201
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1197
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1185
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1183
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1170
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1163
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1160
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1151
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1147
     
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 1138
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1137
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
256 1133
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1130
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
258 1127
     
Hubby
Partner
259 1124
     
Gurb
Food
260 1123
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
261 1120
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1120
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1112
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 1111
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1111
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 1106
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1101
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1099
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1098
     
Yonks
A long time
270 1098
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1095
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
272 1094
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
273 1092
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
274 1092
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
275 1090
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 1090
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
277 1087
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
278 1086
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1086
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
280 1083
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
281 1080
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
282 1080
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
283 1079
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
284 1077
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
285 1076
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 1074
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
287 1073
     
Spill
Tell all
288 1073
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1069
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
290 1063
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
291 1059
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 1057
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
293 1057
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
294 1057
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 1056
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
296 1052
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1052
     
too much
really good
298 1047
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 1029
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
300 1025
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
301 1025
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1024
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
303 1015
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
304 1015
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
305 1013
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
306 1011
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
307 1008
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1001
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 992
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 991
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 990
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 981
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 934
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 900
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 867
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 857
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 780
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime