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 2475
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2412
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2364
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2281
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2261
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2236
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2197
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2182
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2180
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
10 2178
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2163
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2146
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2099
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2079
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 2073
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
16 2070
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2068
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
18 2068
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2045
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2044
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 2044
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2034
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2033
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2021
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 2011
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
26 2002
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
27 1996
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
28 1994
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 1985
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1978
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
31 1969
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1968
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 1957
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1951
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1941
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1933
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1928
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1924
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1920
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1914
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1909
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1907
     
Good as gold
43 1893
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
44 1883
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
45 1875
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1862
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
47 1828
     
sweet as
everything is ok
48 1828
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1807
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1804
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1796
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1791
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1786
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
54 1772
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1771
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1769
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1766
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1747
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1745
     
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 1741
     
Crib
bach
61 1728
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1708
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
63 1707
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1686
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1656
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1652
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1636
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
68 1629
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
69 1628
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1627
     
Rellies
relatives, family
71 1617
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1612
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
73 1608
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
74 1607
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1604
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
76 1601
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
77 1594
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
78 1586
     
Handle
pint of beer
79 1585
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
80 1581
     
Chick
woman/female
81 1580
     
Barbie
barbeque
82 1577
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
83 1571
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
84 1570
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
85 1561
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1561
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
87 1559
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1559
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
89 1556
     
Tramping
hiking
90 1556
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
91 1555
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1555
     
Chook
chicken
93 1553
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
94 1551
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
95 1551
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
96 1550
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
97 1549
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
98 1549
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
99 1548
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
100 1546
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
101 1546
     
Lift
elevator
102 1544
     
Kiwi
new zealander
103 1540
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1539
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
105 1535
     
Ta
thanks
106 1535
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
107 1532
     
Root
have sex, get sex
108 1532
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
109 1531
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
110 1530
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
111 1529
     
Sprog
child
112 1529
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
113 1527
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
114 1527
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
115 1527
     
Ropeable
very angry
116 1527
     
Motorway
freeway
117 1525
     
Cockie
farmer
118 1524
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
119 1523
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
120 1523
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1517
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
122 1517
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
123 1516
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
124 1516
     
Sparkie
electrician
125 1516
     
Up the duff
pregnant
126 1515
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
127 1514
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
128 1512
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
129 1511
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
130 1509
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
131 1508
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
132 1506
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
133 1505
     
Pinky
little finger
134 1505
     
Bugger
damn!!
135 1504
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
136 1503
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
137 1501
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
138 1501
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
139 1500
     
Greasies
fish and chips
140 1499
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
141 1496
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
142 1496
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
143 1496
     
Spud
potato
144 1495
     
Creek
small stream
145 1494
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
146 1493
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
147 1492
     
Bloke
man
148 1491
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
149 1490
     
Lurgy
flu
150 1488
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1487
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
152 1486
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
153 1485
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
154 1482
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
155 1481
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1481
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
157 1479
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
158 1479
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1479
     
Flog
steal, rob
160 1477
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1477
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
162 1476
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1475
     
Tights
pantyhose
164 1470
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1469
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
166 1468
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1466
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
168 1465
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
169 1465
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1462
     
Happy as larry
very happy
171 1459
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
172 1458
     
Serviette
paper napkin
173 1458
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
174 1457
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
175 1456
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
176 1455
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
177 1455
     
Twink
white-out
178 1455
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
179 1454
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
180 1452
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
181 1451
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
182 1450
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
183 1448
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1446
     
Nappy
diaper
185 1446
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1443
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
187 1438
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
188 1437
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
189 1437
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
190 1437
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
191 1437
     
Cardi
cardigan
192 1434
     
Cuz
cousin, family
193 1433
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
194 1432
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
195 1432
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
196 1429
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1428
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
198 1428
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
199 1427
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
200 1427
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
201 1425
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
202 1425
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
203 1422
     
Quack
Medical doctor
204 1422
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1418
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
206 1412
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1412
     
Postal code
zip code
208 1410
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
209 1409
     
Oldies
parents
210 1409
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1405
     
Pakeha
non maori person
212 1405
     
Perve
to stare
213 1405
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1404
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1404
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
216 1400
     
Mate
buddy
217 1400
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1400
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1398
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
220 1396
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
221 1396
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
222 1391
     
pudding
dessert
223 1387
     
Torch
flashlight
224 1387
     
Whinge
complain, moan
225 1387
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
226 1385
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1384
     
Snarler
sausage
228 1384
     
Old Bomb
old car
229 1381
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1379
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1377
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1372
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1372
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1370
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1361
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1348
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
237 1320
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1314
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1305
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1232
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1159
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1150
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1124
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1117
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1111
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1106
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1094
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1089
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1083
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1082
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1082
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1068
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 1068
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1063
     
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 1052
     
Gurb
Food
256 1042
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1035
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1034
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
259 1034
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1033
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1028
     
Hubby
Partner
262 1026
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
263 1025
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
264 1019
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
265 1019
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
266 1012
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
267 1009
     
Yonks
A long time
268 1009
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1008
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
270 1004
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1004
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 1003
     
Jack up
To organise
273 1003
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1003
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
275 1002
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 1002
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
277 1002
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
278 999
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
279 999
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 998
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
281 995
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 993
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 988
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 983
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
285 981
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
286 980
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 980
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 979
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
289 975
     
Spill
Tell all
290 974
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 967
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 964
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 961
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
294 961
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 961
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 960
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 957
     
too much
really good
298 953
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 941
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 937
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
301 935
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
302 935
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 934
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 931
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 925
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 921
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
307 919
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
308 917
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
309 914
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 909
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 900
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 900
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 844
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 804
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 793
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 763
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 700
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime