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 2681
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2610
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2595
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2510
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2492
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2441
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2395
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2381
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2381
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2377
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2360
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2336
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2278
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2277
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2271
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2265
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2254
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2250
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2217
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2209
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
21 2209
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
22 2208
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
23 2206
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
24 2204
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2196
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2177
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2174
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2172
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2170
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2154
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2142
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2138
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2128
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2123
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2112
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2109
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2107
     
Good as gold
38 2104
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
39 2097
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 2096
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 2090
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 2089
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2068
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2058
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2035
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2018
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1984
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1964
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1950
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1949
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1946
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1940
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1920
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1912
     
it's all good
everything is organised
55 1910
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1903
     
Good nick
good condition
57 1887
     
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 1886
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1882
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1872
     
Crib
bach
61 1868
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1864
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
63 1851
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
64 1831
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
65 1830
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1828
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1772
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1770
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1765
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
70 1763
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1761
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1754
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1749
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1737
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1732
     
Rellies
relatives, family
76 1730
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
77 1730
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1713
     
Chick
woman/female
79 1713
     
Chook
chicken
80 1713
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
81 1712
     
Handle
pint of beer
82 1705
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
83 1703
     
Barbie
barbeque
84 1702
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
85 1700
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1698
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1695
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
88 1686
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
89 1684
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
90 1684
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1684
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
92 1683
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
93 1680
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
94 1679
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1678
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1676
     
Sprog
child
97 1673
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
98 1672
     
Tramping
hiking
99 1671
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
100 1669
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
101 1669
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
102 1669
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
103 1668
     
Sparkie
electrician
104 1668
     
Lift
elevator
105 1665
     
Ropeable
very angry
106 1663
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
107 1662
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
108 1661
     
Cockie
farmer
109 1660
     
Root
have sex, get sex
110 1660
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
111 1660
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
112 1659
     
Ta
thanks
113 1658
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
114 1656
     
Kiwi
new zealander
115 1656
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
116 1655
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
117 1653
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
118 1652
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
119 1652
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
120 1651
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
121 1651
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
122 1651
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1650
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1647
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1645
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1644
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
127 1642
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
128 1641
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
129 1639
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1637
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
131 1635
     
Up the duff
pregnant
132 1635
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
133 1633
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1632
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
135 1631
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
136 1631
     
Spud
potato
137 1628
     
Greasies
fish and chips
138 1627
     
Bloke
man
139 1626
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
140 1625
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
141 1625
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
142 1625
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
143 1622
     
Creek
small stream
144 1622
     
Pinky
little finger
145 1620
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1618
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
147 1615
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
148 1615
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
149 1613
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1611
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
151 1610
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
152 1609
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
153 1606
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1605
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1604
     
Lurgy
flu
156 1604
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
157 1604
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1602
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1600
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
160 1599
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
161 1597
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
162 1595
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
163 1594
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
164 1592
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
165 1591
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1591
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1590
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1589
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
169 1587
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
170 1587
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
171 1587
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
172 1587
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
173 1586
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
174 1586
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
175 1583
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
176 1580
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
177 1578
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
178 1577
     
Serviette
paper napkin
179 1577
     
Twink
white-out
180 1577
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
181 1574
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
182 1571
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
183 1571
     
Nappy
diaper
184 1571
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
185 1570
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1569
     
Hard yakka
hard work
187 1568
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
188 1567
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1562
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
190 1559
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
191 1558
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1558
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
193 1556
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
194 1556
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
195 1555
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
196 1553
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
197 1548
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
198 1547
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
199 1546
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
200 1544
     
Cuz
cousin, family
201 1542
     
Quack
Medical doctor
202 1542
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
203 1542
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
204 1541
     
Cardi
cardigan
205 1540
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
206 1538
     
Oldies
parents
207 1537
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
208 1535
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
209 1534
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
210 1533
     
Mate
buddy
211 1533
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
212 1532
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
213 1531
     
Pakeha
non maori person
214 1528
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
215 1527
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
216 1527
     
Perve
to stare
217 1526
     
pudding
dessert
218 1523
     
Postal code
zip code
219 1519
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
220 1518
     
Snarler
sausage
221 1517
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
222 1514
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
223 1514
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
224 1514
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1513
     
Scarfie
university student
226 1512
     
Old Bomb
old car
227 1511
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
228 1506
     
Torch
flashlight
229 1505
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
230 1504
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1500
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1497
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1485
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1479
     
Whinge
complain, moan
235 1479
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1476
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1435
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1431
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1424
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1344
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1287
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1286
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1253
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1248
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1233
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1229
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1219
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1215
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1201
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1195
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1188
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1182
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1178
     
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 1173
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1166
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1160
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
257 1158
     
Gurb
Food
258 1155
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 1153
     
Hubby
Partner
260 1152
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1149
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
262 1148
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1145
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 1143
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1141
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 1139
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
267 1134
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
268 1132
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1128
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
270 1127
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1127
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
272 1122
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 1122
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
274 1121
     
Yonks
A long time
275 1121
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
276 1120
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
277 1119
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
278 1116
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
279 1113
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
280 1113
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
281 1111
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
282 1109
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
283 1107
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1107
     
Spill
Tell all
285 1106
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
286 1104
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1103
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1102
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1097
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
290 1090
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
291 1088
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1088
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
293 1085
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
294 1084
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
295 1084
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
296 1084
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1082
     
too much
really good
298 1076
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1059
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1058
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1055
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1052
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
303 1046
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
304 1044
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
305 1043
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 1042
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
307 1039
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1031
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
309 1019
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 1019
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 1017
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1008
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 964
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 931
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 895
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 887
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 809
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime