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 2237
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2220
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2117
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2059
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2049
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2013
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
7 2002
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2001
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 1983
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 1969
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 1941
     
wai wai express
walking
12 1939
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1918
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1893
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1887
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
16 1880
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
17 1874
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
18 1872
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1870
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
20 1868
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
21 1860
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
22 1859
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1855
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1829
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1820
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1815
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
27 1808
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 1808
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1791
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
30 1790
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1783
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
32 1781
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1776
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1762
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 1760
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
36 1757
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1755
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1755
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1742
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
40 1741
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 1728
     
piece of piss
it's easy
42 1717
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1710
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1699
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1693
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1691
     
Good as gold
47 1656
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1656
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1654
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1653
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1647
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1646
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1638
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1624
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1615
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1608
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1604
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1604
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
59 1599
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1584
     
Crib
bach
61 1546
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1507
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1487
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1474
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
65 1465
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
66 1458
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
67 1456
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
68 1455
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1450
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1447
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
71 1442
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
72 1438
     
Barbie
barbeque
73 1429
     
Tramping
hiking
74 1422
     
Rellies
relatives, family
75 1421
     
Chick
woman/female
76 1420
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
77 1420
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
78 1419
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
79 1417
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
80 1417
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
81 1413
     
Bach
holiday home
82 1412
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
83 1412
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
84 1411
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
85 1409
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
86 1408
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
87 1400
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
88 1398
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
89 1397
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
90 1395
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
91 1395
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
92 1395
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
93 1393
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
94 1389
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
95 1389
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
96 1388
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
97 1385
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
98 1384
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
99 1384
     
Sprog
child
100 1384
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
101 1381
     
Ta
thanks
102 1377
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
103 1376
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
104 1376
     
Kiwi
new zealander
105 1375
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
106 1374
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
107 1374
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
108 1370
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
109 1370
     
Root
have sex, get sex
110 1366
     
Ropeable
very angry
111 1366
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
112 1365
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
113 1364
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
114 1364
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
115 1364
     
Up the duff
pregnant
116 1364
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
117 1363
     
Greasies
fish and chips
118 1363
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
119 1362
     
Cockie
farmer
120 1362
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
121 1362
     
Sparkie
electrician
122 1362
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
123 1361
     
Handle
pint of beer
124 1360
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
125 1360
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1360
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
127 1359
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
128 1358
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
129 1356
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
130 1355
     
Lurgy
flu
131 1355
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
132 1352
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
133 1351
     
Bloke
man
134 1350
     
Pinky
little finger
135 1350
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
136 1348
     
Squiz
take a quick look
137 1348
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1346
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
139 1346
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
140 1344
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
141 1344
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
142 1343
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
143 1342
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
144 1342
     
Bugger
damn!!
145 1341
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
146 1340
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
147 1339
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
148 1338
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
149 1337
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
150 1336
     
Chook
chicken
151 1336
     
Spud
potato
152 1336
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
153 1335
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
154 1335
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
155 1335
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
156 1334
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
157 1333
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
158 1332
     
Flog
steal, rob
159 1332
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
160 1331
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
161 1331
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
162 1326
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
163 1322
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
164 1322
     
Serviette
paper napkin
165 1322
     
Twink
white-out
166 1321
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
167 1320
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1320
     
Happy as larry
very happy
169 1320
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1317
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1315
     
Creek
small stream
172 1314
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
173 1314
     
Nappy
diaper
174 1312
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
175 1312
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
176 1309
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1309
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
178 1304
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
179 1302
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
180 1300
     
Cardi
cardigan
181 1299
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
182 1294
     
Kick the Bucket
die
183 1294
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
184 1294
     
Postal code
zip code
185 1293
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
186 1292
     
Cuz
cousin, family
187 1291
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
188 1291
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1290
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
190 1290
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
191 1289
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
192 1289
     
Hard yakka
hard work
193 1288
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1286
     
Tights
pantyhose
195 1283
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
196 1282
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1281
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
198 1280
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
199 1279
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
200 1278
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
201 1278
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1277
     
Pakeha
non maori person
203 1276
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
204 1275
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
205 1273
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
206 1273
     
Oldies
parents
207 1272
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
208 1270
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
209 1268
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1261
     
Torch
flashlight
211 1259
     
Perve
to stare
212 1257
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
213 1256
     
Whinge
complain, moan
214 1256
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1255
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
216 1255
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
217 1255
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
218 1254
     
Lift
elevator
219 1253
     
Mate
buddy
220 1253
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
221 1252
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
222 1251
     
pudding
dessert
223 1249
     
Old Bomb
old car
224 1242
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
225 1241
     
Motorway
freeway
226 1237
     
Ute
small pick up truck
227 1237
     
Lolly
Candy
228 1236
     
Snarler
sausage
229 1236
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
230 1235
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
231 1231
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
232 1220
     
Cheers
thanks
233 1218
     
Scarfie
university student
234 1217
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
235 1213
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
236 1208
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1189
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1186
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1141
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1086
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1025
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 1004
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 1000
     
crash hot
excellent
244 993
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
245 972
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
246 969
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
247 966
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
248 964
     
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)
249 962
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 946
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
251 939
     
Gurb
Food
252 938
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
253 938
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
254 937
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
255 932
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
256 931
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
257 926
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
258 924
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 923
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
260 921
     
Yonks
A long time
261 919
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
262 916
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 916
     
Hubby
Partner
264 916
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 912
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
266 912
     
Jack up
To organise
267 912
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
268 911
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 908
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
270 905
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
271 903
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
272 902
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
273 902
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 900
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
275 900
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 899
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
277 898
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
278 898
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 897
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
280 896
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
281 896
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 890
     
Spill
Tell all
283 884
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
284 883
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 882
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
286 878
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
287 877
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
288 877
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 877
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
290 874
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
291 873
     
too much
really good
292 870
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 867
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 866
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 864
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 860
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 853
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 850
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 849
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 847
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 845
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 841
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
303 836
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 835
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 827
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 822
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 822
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 816
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 802
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 798
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 786
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 743
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 733
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 696
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 690
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 658
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 611
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime