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 2686
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2614
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2597
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2516
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2497
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2444
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2401
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2388
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2387
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2380
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2365
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2339
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2285
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2281
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2275
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2270
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2258
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2257
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2221
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
20 2216
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
21 2215
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
22 2214
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
23 2211
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
24 2210
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2200
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2182
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
27 2179
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
28 2176
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
29 2174
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2157
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2147
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2144
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2135
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2130
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
35 2120
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 2115
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2111
     
Good as gold
38 2109
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
39 2102
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 2101
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
41 2096
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 2095
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2073
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2066
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2042
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2021
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1988
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1968
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1962
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1956
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1952
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1945
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1925
     
it's all good
everything is organised
54 1919
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1916
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1908
     
Good nick
good condition
57 1890
     
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 1890
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1885
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
60 1877
     
Crib
bach
61 1872
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1868
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
63 1853
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
64 1840
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
65 1836
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1835
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1778
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1774
     
Brickie
bricklayer
69 1769
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
70 1767
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
71 1766
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
72 1762
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1754
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
74 1740
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1739
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
76 1737
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1733
     
Chick
woman/female
78 1719
     
Chook
chicken
79 1718
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
80 1717
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
81 1714
     
Handle
pint of beer
82 1710
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1707
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1707
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
85 1703
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1703
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
87 1698
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
88 1690
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
89 1687
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1687
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
91 1686
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1686
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
93 1686
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
94 1685
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1683
     
Motorway
freeway
96 1682
     
Sprog
child
97 1678
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
98 1676
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
99 1674
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
100 1674
     
Tramping
hiking
101 1674
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
102 1671
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
103 1671
     
Sparkie
electrician
104 1671
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
105 1669
     
Lift
elevator
106 1668
     
Ropeable
very angry
107 1668
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
108 1666
     
Root
have sex, get sex
109 1666
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
110 1664
     
Cockie
farmer
111 1662
     
Ta
thanks
112 1662
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
113 1661
     
Kiwi
new zealander
114 1660
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
115 1660
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
116 1658
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
117 1658
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
118 1658
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
119 1657
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1656
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
121 1656
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
122 1655
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1655
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1651
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1650
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
126 1649
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
127 1647
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
128 1645
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1645
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1638
     
Up the duff
pregnant
131 1638
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
132 1637
     
Bugger
damn!!
133 1637
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
134 1634
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
135 1634
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
136 1633
     
Spud
potato
137 1632
     
Greasies
fish and chips
138 1631
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
139 1630
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
140 1630
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
141 1629
     
Bloke
man
142 1627
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
143 1627
     
Creek
small stream
144 1625
     
Pinky
little finger
145 1624
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
146 1621
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
147 1619
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
148 1617
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
149 1617
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1615
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
151 1612
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
152 1611
     
Flog
steal, rob
153 1611
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
154 1610
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
155 1609
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
156 1607
     
Lurgy
flu
157 1606
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1606
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
159 1603
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
160 1602
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
161 1602
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
162 1599
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1599
     
Happy as larry
very happy
164 1595
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
165 1595
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
166 1594
     
Tights
pantyhose
167 1594
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
168 1593
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
169 1592
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
170 1591
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
171 1590
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
172 1590
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
173 1589
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
174 1588
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
175 1587
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
176 1585
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
177 1583
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
178 1583
     
Twink
white-out
179 1581
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
180 1579
     
Serviette
paper napkin
181 1579
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
182 1578
     
Nappy
diaper
183 1578
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
184 1576
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
185 1575
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1573
     
Hard yakka
hard work
187 1572
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
188 1572
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1567
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
190 1562
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
191 1561
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
192 1561
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
193 1560
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
194 1560
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
195 1559
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
196 1559
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
197 1552
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
198 1551
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
199 1550
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
200 1549
     
Quack
Medical doctor
201 1548
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
202 1548
     
Cuz
cousin, family
203 1546
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
204 1546
     
Cardi
cardigan
205 1543
     
Oldies
parents
206 1542
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
207 1542
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
208 1540
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
209 1537
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1537
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
211 1537
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
212 1535
     
Mate
buddy
213 1535
     
Pakeha
non maori person
214 1532
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1531
     
Perve
to stare
216 1530
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
217 1529
     
pudding
dessert
218 1529
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
219 1523
     
Postal code
zip code
220 1523
     
Snarler
sausage
221 1523
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
222 1519
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
223 1517
     
Scarfie
university student
224 1517
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1517
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1516
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
227 1515
     
Torch
flashlight
228 1513
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
229 1511
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
230 1509
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1505
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1500
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1488
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1485
     
Whinge
complain, moan
235 1482
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1478
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1440
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1435
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1427
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1350
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1291
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1287
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1257
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1253
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1237
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1232
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1224
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1220
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1204
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1200
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1193
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
252 1186
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1183
     
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 1177
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1173
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1166
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
257 1162
     
Gurb
Food
258 1159
     
Hubby
Partner
259 1159
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
260 1155
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1155
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
262 1153
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1148
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 1145
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1145
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
266 1143
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
267 1137
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
268 1135
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1133
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
270 1130
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1130
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
272 1127
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
273 1126
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
274 1126
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
275 1126
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1125
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1124
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
278 1119
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
279 1118
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 1118
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
281 1116
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
282 1115
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
283 1113
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1111
     
Spill
Tell all
285 1110
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1109
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1106
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1103
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
289 1100
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
290 1095
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
291 1095
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
292 1093
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 1091
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
294 1090
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
295 1087
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
296 1087
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1087
     
too much
really good
298 1081
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 1064
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
300 1064
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 1059
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 1056
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
303 1050
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
304 1049
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
305 1046
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 1045
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
307 1044
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1034
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
309 1021
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 1021
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 1019
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1011
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 971
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 937
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 897
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 890
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 813
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime