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 2529
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2459
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2434
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2340
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2333
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2288
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2252
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2233
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2221
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2220
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2218
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2194
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2139
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2130
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2118
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
16 2116
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 2108
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2107
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2091
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2085
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2078
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 2075
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
23 2073
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2054
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
25 2049
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
26 2048
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 2038
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
28 2038
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 2027
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2024
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2011
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2006
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1998
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
34 1995
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1977
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1975
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1971
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1966
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1965
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
40 1956
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1950
     
Good as gold
42 1948
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 1943
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1928
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1919
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1892
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1859
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1855
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1838
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1834
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1832
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1830
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1809
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1809
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1804
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1800
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1785
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1778
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1772
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
60 1770
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
61 1766
     
Crib
bach
62 1763
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
63 1740
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1739
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1703
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1678
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1673
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1668
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
69 1658
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
70 1657
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1646
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
72 1646
     
Rellies
relatives, family
73 1645
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
74 1641
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
75 1640
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1638
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
77 1637
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1619
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
79 1613
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1612
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1612
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1610
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1607
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
84 1598
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
85 1597
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
86 1597
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
87 1596
     
Chook
chicken
88 1595
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
89 1592
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
90 1587
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
91 1587
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1585
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
93 1585
     
Tramping
hiking
94 1583
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
95 1579
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
96 1579
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
97 1579
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
98 1577
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
99 1576
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1576
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
101 1573
     
Lift
elevator
102 1571
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
103 1571
     
Motorway
freeway
104 1569
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
105 1569
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
106 1568
     
Root
have sex, get sex
107 1568
     
Ta
thanks
108 1567
     
Ropeable
very angry
109 1564
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
110 1563
     
Sprog
child
111 1562
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
112 1560
     
Cockie
farmer
113 1559
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
114 1559
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
115 1556
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
116 1556
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
117 1556
     
Sparkie
electrician
118 1556
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1555
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
120 1555
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1549
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
122 1547
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1547
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
124 1546
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
125 1546
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
126 1546
     
Up the duff
pregnant
127 1546
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
128 1544
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1543
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
130 1542
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
131 1540
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
132 1538
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
133 1537
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1533
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
135 1533
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
136 1531
     
Greasies
fish and chips
137 1531
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
138 1530
     
Pinky
little finger
139 1529
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
140 1529
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
141 1527
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
142 1527
     
Spud
potato
143 1526
     
Bloke
man
144 1524
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
145 1524
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
146 1524
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
147 1523
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
148 1521
     
Creek
small stream
149 1520
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
150 1520
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1520
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
152 1515
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
153 1512
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
154 1512
     
Flog
steal, rob
155 1512
     
Lurgy
flu
156 1512
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
157 1512
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
158 1511
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
159 1510
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
160 1509
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
161 1509
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1506
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1506
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
164 1503
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1500
     
Tights
pantyhose
166 1495
     
Happy as larry
very happy
167 1494
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
168 1494
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
169 1493
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
170 1492
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
171 1490
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1489
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
173 1489
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
174 1489
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
175 1487
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
176 1487
     
Serviette
paper napkin
177 1487
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
178 1487
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
179 1486
     
Twink
white-out
180 1485
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
181 1484
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
182 1483
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
183 1482
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1477
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1477
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1474
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
187 1472
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
188 1471
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
189 1471
     
Cuz
cousin, family
190 1469
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
191 1467
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
192 1466
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
193 1464
     
Cardi
cardigan
194 1463
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1462
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1460
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1459
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
198 1459
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
199 1458
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
200 1456
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1455
     
Quack
Medical doctor
202 1455
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
203 1452
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1450
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
205 1449
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
206 1447
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1440
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
208 1439
     
Oldies
parents
209 1439
     
Postal code
zip code
210 1437
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
211 1436
     
Perve
to stare
212 1434
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
213 1433
     
Pakeha
non maori person
214 1432
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
215 1432
     
Scarfie
university student
216 1432
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
217 1430
     
Mate
buddy
218 1430
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1430
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
220 1425
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
221 1424
     
pudding
dessert
222 1421
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
223 1420
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
224 1420
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
225 1419
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
226 1419
     
Whinge
complain, moan
227 1418
     
Torch
flashlight
228 1417
     
Snarler
sausage
229 1413
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1408
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1407
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
232 1403
     
Lolly
Candy
233 1402
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1398
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1387
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1383
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1344
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1342
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1332
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1260
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1188
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1182
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1157
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1149
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1142
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1137
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1125
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1120
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1118
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
250 1115
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1106
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1096
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1092
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1088
     
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)
255 1083
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
256 1067
     
Gurb
Food
257 1066
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1064
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
259 1062
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1061
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1060
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 1057
     
Hubby
Partner
263 1050
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1049
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 1042
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1042
     
Yonks
A long time
267 1040
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
268 1039
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
269 1039
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
270 1038
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1036
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 1032
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 1032
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
274 1031
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1031
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
276 1031
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
277 1029
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 1028
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1028
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
280 1026
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
281 1023
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
282 1023
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1018
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 1014
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 1013
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
286 1012
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 1011
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
288 1010
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 1005
     
Spill
Tell all
290 1002
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 998
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 992
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 992
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
294 991
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 991
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 989
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 986
     
too much
really good
298 984
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 966
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
300 965
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 964
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
302 964
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
303 957
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 953
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 953
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 953
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 948
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 944
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
309 943
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
310 938
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
311 937
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 926
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 876
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 834
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 827
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 795
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 723
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime