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 2357
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2316
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2229
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2164
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2147
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2122
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2097
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2090
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2077
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2076
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2052
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2045
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2009
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
14 1986
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
15 1984
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 1983
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 1980
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1961
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1961
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 1959
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
21 1956
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1946
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 1944
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1923
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1921
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
26 1912
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1912
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1904
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1890
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1888
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1881
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1872
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1867
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1854
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1852
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1847
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 1845
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
38 1845
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
39 1840
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1836
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1827
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1820
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1805
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
44 1805
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1803
     
Good as gold
46 1777
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1771
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1762
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1742
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1736
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1732
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1729
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1713
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1710
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1702
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1700
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1691
     
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 1687
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
59 1681
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
60 1681
     
Crib
bach
61 1657
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1651
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1564
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1559
     
Arvo
afternoon
65 1558
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1556
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
67 1551
     
Rellies
relatives, family
68 1548
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
69 1547
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
70 1546
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
71 1542
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
72 1533
     
Bach
holiday home
73 1532
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
74 1527
     
Chick
woman/female
75 1525
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
76 1522
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
77 1520
     
Barbie
barbeque
78 1514
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
79 1514
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
80 1508
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
81 1504
     
Tramping
hiking
82 1501
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
83 1495
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
84 1494
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
85 1492
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
86 1490
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
87 1490
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
88 1490
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
89 1489
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1486
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
91 1480
     
Handle
pint of beer
92 1479
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
93 1478
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
94 1478
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
95 1478
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
96 1476
     
Kiwi
new zealander
97 1476
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
98 1476
     
Ta
thanks
99 1472
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
100 1471
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
101 1469
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
102 1467
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
103 1466
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
104 1464
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
105 1464
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
106 1464
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
107 1461
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
108 1461
     
Sprog
child
109 1461
     
Lift
elevator
110 1460
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
111 1459
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
112 1459
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
113 1457
     
Root
have sex, get sex
114 1456
     
Cockie
farmer
115 1455
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
116 1454
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
117 1452
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
118 1452
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
119 1452
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
120 1450
     
Ropeable
very angry
121 1450
     
Bugger
damn!!
122 1447
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1446
     
Pinky
little finger
124 1445
     
Greasies
fish and chips
125 1444
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1444
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
127 1443
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
128 1442
     
Chook
chicken
129 1442
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
130 1442
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
131 1441
     
Up the duff
pregnant
132 1441
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
133 1437
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
134 1437
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
135 1437
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
136 1436
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
137 1435
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1435
     
Sparkie
electrician
139 1434
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
140 1433
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
141 1431
     
Lurgy
flu
142 1430
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
143 1429
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
144 1428
     
Spud
potato
145 1427
     
Squiz
take a quick look
146 1427
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
147 1425
     
Bloke
man
148 1423
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
149 1423
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
150 1421
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1421
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
152 1420
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1419
     
Creek
small stream
154 1419
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
155 1417
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
156 1415
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
157 1415
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
158 1413
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
159 1413
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
160 1413
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1411
     
Flog
steal, rob
162 1410
     
Serviette
paper napkin
163 1406
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
164 1405
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
165 1403
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1400
     
Tights
pantyhose
167 1400
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
168 1399
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1397
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
170 1396
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
171 1395
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1394
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
173 1394
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
174 1394
     
Twink
white-out
175 1392
     
Nappy
diaper
176 1391
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
177 1388
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
178 1388
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
179 1384
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
180 1379
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
181 1377
     
Cardi
cardigan
182 1376
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
183 1376
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
184 1374
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
185 1372
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
186 1372
     
Kick the Bucket
die
187 1371
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
188 1371
     
Motorway
freeway
189 1370
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
190 1370
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
191 1367
     
Hard yakka
hard work
192 1367
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
193 1367
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
194 1367
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
195 1364
     
Cuz
cousin, family
196 1362
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
197 1361
     
Quack
Medical doctor
198 1360
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
199 1359
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
200 1359
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
201 1359
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
202 1358
     
Postal code
zip code
203 1358
     
Oldies
parents
204 1356
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1356
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
206 1354
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
207 1354
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
208 1351
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1350
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1345
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
211 1342
     
Perve
to stare
212 1341
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
213 1340
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
214 1337
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1337
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
216 1337
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
217 1335
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
218 1333
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1332
     
Mate
buddy
220 1331
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
221 1329
     
Whinge
complain, moan
222 1329
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
223 1324
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
224 1321
     
pudding
dessert
225 1321
     
Torch
flashlight
226 1321
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
227 1315
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
228 1311
     
Scarfie
university student
229 1311
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1310
     
Ute
small pick up truck
231 1310
     
Snarler
sausage
232 1307
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
233 1306
     
Lolly
Candy
234 1305
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1303
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1283
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1259
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1252
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1220
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1169
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1077
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
242 1076
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
243 1060
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
244 1059
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1052
     
crash hot
excellent
246 1046
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1038
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
248 1038
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1033
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1030
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1029
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1023
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
253 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)
254 1013
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
255 1012
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 993
     
Gurb
Food
257 991
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 990
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
259 986
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
260 985
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 983
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 976
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
263 974
     
Hubby
Partner
264 974
     
Yonks
A long time
265 974
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 972
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
267 969
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
268 967
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
269 966
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 963
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
271 962
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
272 960
     
Jack up
To organise
273 960
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
274 959
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
275 958
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
276 957
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 956
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
278 954
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
279 954
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
280 954
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
281 952
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
282 949
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
283 942
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
284 942
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 941
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
286 939
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
287 937
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 934
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 933
     
Spill
Tell all
290 933
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 930
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 918
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
293 917
     
too much
really good
294 913
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 912
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 911
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
297 911
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 906
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 901
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 898
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 896
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 892
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 889
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 888
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 881
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 878
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 876
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 866
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
309 864
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 862
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 846
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 834
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 793
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 750
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 743
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 721
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 663
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime