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 2705
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2642
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2618
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2538
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2520
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2476
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2423
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2410
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2409
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2402
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2384
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2362
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2308
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2298
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2291
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2290
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2278
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2278
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2253
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2245
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2236
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2235
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
23 2231
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
24 2231
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2224
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2204
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2202
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2198
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2194
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2183
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2168
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2163
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2157
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2152
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2143
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2139
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2134
     
Good as gold
38 2129
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2126
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2122
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2117
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2115
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2093
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2085
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2059
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2038
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2007
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1986
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1984
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1972
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1972
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1965
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1944
     
it's all good
everything is organised
54 1937
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1933
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1926
     
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 1909
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
58 1905
     
Good nick
good condition
59 1905
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1893
     
Crib
bach
61 1887
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1884
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
63 1868
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
64 1867
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
65 1853
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1852
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1795
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1789
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
69 1784
     
Brickie
bricklayer
70 1784
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
71 1782
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1779
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1771
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1754
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1753
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1752
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1749
     
Chook
chicken
78 1737
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
79 1736
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1735
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
81 1732
     
Handle
pint of beer
82 1728
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
83 1724
     
Barbie
barbeque
84 1721
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
85 1720
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
86 1720
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1711
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
88 1710
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
89 1706
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
90 1703
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1702
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
92 1700
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
93 1700
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
94 1699
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
95 1699
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1698
     
Sprog
child
97 1695
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
98 1693
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
99 1693
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
100 1691
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
101 1690
     
Sparkie
electrician
102 1688
     
Ropeable
very angry
103 1686
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1685
     
Tramping
hiking
105 1685
     
Lift
elevator
106 1684
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
107 1684
     
Root
have sex, get sex
108 1682
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
109 1679
     
Cockie
farmer
110 1677
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
111 1677
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
112 1676
     
Ta
thanks
113 1676
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
114 1674
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
115 1674
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
116 1674
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
117 1673
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
118 1673
     
Kiwi
new zealander
119 1672
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1671
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
121 1671
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
122 1670
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
123 1667
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
124 1666
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
125 1665
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
126 1665
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
127 1660
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
128 1659
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
129 1657
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1655
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
131 1653
     
Bugger
damn!!
132 1653
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
133 1651
     
Spud
potato
134 1651
     
Up the duff
pregnant
135 1650
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
136 1647
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
137 1647
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
138 1647
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1646
     
Greasies
fish and chips
140 1643
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
141 1643
     
Bloke
man
142 1642
     
Creek
small stream
143 1641
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
144 1640
     
Pinky
little finger
145 1639
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1638
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
147 1635
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
148 1635
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
149 1631
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1630
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1629
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
152 1627
     
Flog
steal, rob
153 1627
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
154 1627
     
Lurgy
flu
155 1625
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
156 1624
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
157 1624
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1622
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1619
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
160 1619
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
161 1616
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
162 1616
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
163 1612
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
164 1612
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
165 1611
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1611
     
Tights
pantyhose
167 1611
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
168 1610
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
169 1608
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
170 1608
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
171 1608
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
172 1606
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
173 1604
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
174 1604
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
175 1603
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
176 1601
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
177 1600
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
178 1597
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
179 1597
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
180 1596
     
Nappy
diaper
181 1595
     
Serviette
paper napkin
182 1595
     
Twink
white-out
183 1594
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
184 1593
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
185 1591
     
Hard yakka
hard work
186 1589
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
187 1587
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1587
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
189 1587
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1579
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
191 1579
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
192 1576
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
193 1575
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
194 1574
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
195 1572
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1572
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
197 1568
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
198 1568
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
199 1567
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
200 1563
     
Quack
Medical doctor
201 1562
     
Cuz
cousin, family
202 1561
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
203 1560
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
204 1560
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
205 1559
     
Cardi
cardigan
206 1558
     
Oldies
parents
207 1557
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
208 1555
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
209 1554
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1553
     
Mate
buddy
211 1551
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
212 1551
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
213 1549
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
214 1548
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1547
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
216 1545
     
pudding
dessert
217 1545
     
Perve
to stare
218 1544
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
219 1541
     
Postal code
zip code
220 1539
     
Snarler
sausage
221 1539
     
Scarfie
university student
222 1537
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
223 1535
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
224 1531
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
225 1529
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1529
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
227 1529
     
Torch
flashlight
228 1526
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
229 1524
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
230 1524
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1519
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1516
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1502
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1500
     
Whinge
complain, moan
235 1496
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1494
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1458
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1450
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1440
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1366
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1310
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1302
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1274
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1267
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1252
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1247
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1238
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1236
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1219
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1214
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1209
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1198
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1196
     
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 1194
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1190
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1181
     
Hubby
Partner
257 1174
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1174
     
Gurb
Food
259 1172
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 1169
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1169
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
262 1168
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1163
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
264 1161
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 1159
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1159
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1154
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1150
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1146
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
270 1145
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1144
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 1143
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
273 1141
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
274 1140
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
275 1139
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1138
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1135
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
278 1135
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
279 1133
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
280 1132
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
281 1131
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
282 1130
     
Spill
Tell all
283 1126
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1126
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
285 1125
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1122
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1119
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1117
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1114
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
290 1110
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
291 1110
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 1110
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
293 1106
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 1106
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
295 1105
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
296 1102
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
297 1100
     
too much
really good
298 1099
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1082
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1078
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1071
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1069
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
303 1067
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 1066
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 1062
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 1061
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
307 1059
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1051
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 1034
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
310 1033
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
311 1032
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1027
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 985
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 948
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 908
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 907
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 833
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime