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 2348
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2305
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2216
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2155
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2139
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2115
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2086
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2080
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2069
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2066
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2034
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2032
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2001
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
14 1974
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
15 1974
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
16 1973
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 1965
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
18 1952
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1951
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 1949
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 1947
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1936
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1936
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1913
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1908
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1902
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
27 1900
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1890
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1884
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1879
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1865
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1864
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1855
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1847
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1843
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
36 1835
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1835
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
38 1834
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
39 1829
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1825
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1815
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1810
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1796
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1795
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1782
     
Good as gold
46 1768
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1764
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1755
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1728
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1727
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1723
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1715
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1704
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1694
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1694
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1691
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1680
     
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 1677
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1673
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1669
     
Crib
bach
61 1647
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1638
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1555
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1548
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1546
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
66 1542
     
Arvo
afternoon
67 1541
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
68 1538
     
Rellies
relatives, family
69 1538
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
70 1534
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
71 1533
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
72 1525
     
Chick
woman/female
73 1516
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
74 1516
     
Bach
holiday home
75 1515
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
76 1509
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
77 1506
     
Barbie
barbeque
78 1502
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
79 1500
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
80 1496
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
81 1494
     
Tramping
hiking
82 1492
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
83 1489
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
84 1487
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
85 1484
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
86 1482
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
87 1481
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
88 1478
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
89 1477
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
90 1474
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
91 1471
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
92 1469
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
93 1469
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
94 1469
     
Kiwi
new zealander
95 1467
     
Handle
pint of beer
96 1466
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
97 1466
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
98 1464
     
Ta
thanks
99 1461
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
100 1458
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
101 1458
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
102 1457
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
103 1456
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
104 1455
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
105 1455
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
106 1454
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
107 1453
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
108 1451
     
Sprog
child
109 1450
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
110 1449
     
Root
have sex, get sex
111 1446
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
112 1445
     
Cockie
farmer
113 1445
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
114 1445
     
Lift
elevator
115 1444
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
116 1444
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
117 1443
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
118 1442
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
119 1441
     
Ropeable
very angry
120 1440
     
Bugger
damn!!
121 1438
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
122 1437
     
Pinky
little finger
123 1436
     
Greasies
fish and chips
124 1435
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1435
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
126 1434
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
127 1433
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1432
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
129 1431
     
Chook
chicken
130 1430
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
131 1430
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
132 1429
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
133 1429
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
134 1429
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
135 1427
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
136 1427
     
Sparkie
electrician
137 1426
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
138 1423
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
139 1423
     
Lurgy
flu
140 1423
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
141 1422
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
142 1420
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
143 1417
     
Squiz
take a quick look
144 1416
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
145 1415
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
146 1414
     
Spud
potato
147 1414
     
Bloke
man
148 1413
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
149 1413
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
150 1411
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
151 1409
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
152 1408
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
153 1407
     
Creek
small stream
154 1407
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
155 1407
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
156 1407
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
157 1406
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
158 1404
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
159 1404
     
Flog
steal, rob
160 1402
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
161 1402
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
162 1401
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
163 1399
     
Serviette
paper napkin
164 1397
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
165 1393
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
166 1391
     
Tights
pantyhose
167 1391
     
Happy as larry
very happy
168 1389
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1388
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1388
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
171 1386
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
172 1385
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1384
     
Twink
white-out
174 1380
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
175 1379
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
176 1378
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
177 1377
     
Nappy
diaper
178 1377
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
179 1375
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
180 1369
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
181 1368
     
Cardi
cardigan
182 1367
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
183 1367
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
184 1364
     
Kick the Bucket
die
185 1363
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
186 1362
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
187 1362
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
188 1360
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
189 1359
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1359
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
191 1358
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
192 1356
     
Cuz
cousin, family
193 1353
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
194 1352
     
Hard yakka
hard work
195 1351
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
196 1350
     
Postal code
zip code
197 1350
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
198 1349
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
199 1349
     
Motorway
freeway
200 1348
     
Quack
Medical doctor
201 1348
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
202 1346
     
Oldies
parents
203 1345
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
204 1344
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
205 1343
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
206 1342
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
207 1342
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
208 1341
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1341
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1334
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
211 1329
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
212 1329
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1328
     
Perve
to stare
214 1327
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
215 1327
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
216 1326
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
217 1322
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
218 1320
     
Whinge
complain, moan
219 1320
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
220 1319
     
Mate
buddy
221 1318
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1317
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
223 1316
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
224 1312
     
Torch
flashlight
225 1312
     
pudding
dessert
226 1311
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
227 1308
     
Ute
small pick up truck
228 1303
     
Scarfie
university student
229 1302
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1299
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
231 1299
     
Old Bomb
old car
232 1299
     
Lolly
Candy
233 1297
     
Snarler
sausage
234 1295
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1286
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1273
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1249
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1244
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1209
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1158
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1069
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
242 1063
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
243 1053
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
244 1049
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1047
     
crash hot
excellent
246 1038
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
247 1034
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1033
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1029
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1024
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1020
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1014
     
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)
253 1006
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
254 1002
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
255 998
     
Gurb
Food
256 984
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 984
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 983
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
259 981
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 979
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 978
     
Hubby
Partner
262 969
     
Yonks
A long time
263 969
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
264 968
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 968
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 966
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 961
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
268 960
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
269 960
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 957
     
Jack up
To organise
271 955
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
272 954
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 954
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
274 952
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
275 951
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
276 949
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
277 947
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
278 947
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 947
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
280 944
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
281 943
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
282 942
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
283 937
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
284 935
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
285 934
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 932
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
287 929
     
Spill
Tell all
288 929
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 928
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 924
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
291 922
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 911
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 911
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
294 909
     
too much
really good
295 908
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
296 907
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
297 906
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
298 898
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
299 894
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 893
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 891
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 883
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 882
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 881
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 877
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 871
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 870
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
308 859
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 859
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 855
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 839
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 827
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 790
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 746
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 738
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 718
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 656
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime