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 2569
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2491
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2473
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2384
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2369
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2322
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2286
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
8 2267
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
9 2256
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2256
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2250
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2228
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2169
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
14 2164
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2151
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 2147
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
17 2145
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
18 2139
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
19 2123
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2113
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
21 2110
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
22 2109
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2108
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
24 2084
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
25 2083
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2074
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
27 2074
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
28 2072
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 2058
     
piece of piss
it's easy
30 2055
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2042
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2038
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 2027
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
34 2023
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 2006
     
Much of a muchness
Same
36 2004
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
37 2004
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
38 1995
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
39 1993
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
40 1990
     
Good as gold
41 1984
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
42 1981
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 1972
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1956
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 1943
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 1922
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1886
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1876
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1866
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1857
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1855
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1851
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
53 1835
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
54 1830
     
Good nick
good condition
55 1828
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1824
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1810
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1808
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1802
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
60 1796
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
61 1792
     
Crib
bach
62 1784
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1763
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
64 1762
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1732
     
Brickie
bricklayer
66 1697
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1691
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1691
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
69 1684
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
70 1677
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
71 1675
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
72 1667
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
73 1666
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
74 1663
     
Rellies
relatives, family
75 1661
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
76 1660
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
77 1657
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
78 1641
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
79 1633
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
80 1632
     
Handle
pint of beer
81 1630
     
Chick
woman/female
82 1629
     
Barbie
barbeque
83 1628
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1619
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
85 1618
     
Chook
chicken
86 1616
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
87 1616
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
88 1616
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
89 1613
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
90 1609
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
91 1607
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
92 1606
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
93 1605
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
94 1600
     
Tramping
hiking
95 1599
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1598
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
97 1596
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
98 1596
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
99 1596
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
100 1595
     
Kiwi
new zealander
101 1595
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
102 1592
     
Motorway
freeway
103 1592
     
Lift
elevator
104 1588
     
Root
have sex, get sex
105 1588
     
Sprog
child
106 1588
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
107 1588
     
Ropeable
very angry
108 1587
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
109 1586
     
Ta
thanks
110 1586
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
111 1585
     
Cockie
farmer
112 1582
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
113 1582
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
114 1581
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
115 1581
     
Sparkie
electrician
116 1578
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
117 1577
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
118 1576
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
119 1574
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
120 1573
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
121 1571
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1570
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
123 1569
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
124 1567
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
125 1566
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
126 1565
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
127 1565
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
128 1564
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
129 1564
     
Up the duff
pregnant
130 1564
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
131 1563
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
132 1557
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
133 1556
     
Bugger
damn!!
134 1553
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
135 1551
     
Pinky
little finger
136 1551
     
Bloke
man
137 1550
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
138 1550
     
Greasies
fish and chips
139 1550
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
140 1550
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
141 1549
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
142 1548
     
Spud
potato
143 1548
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
144 1548
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
145 1547
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
146 1543
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
147 1541
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
148 1541
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
149 1540
     
Creek
small stream
150 1539
     
Squiz
take a quick look
151 1536
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
152 1534
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1533
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
154 1533
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1533
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
156 1533
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
157 1531
     
Flog
steal, rob
158 1531
     
Lurgy
flu
159 1531
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
160 1528
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
161 1526
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
162 1525
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
163 1524
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
164 1522
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1518
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
166 1514
     
Happy as larry
very happy
167 1514
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
168 1514
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1513
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
170 1512
     
Tights
pantyhose
171 1511
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
172 1510
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
173 1509
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
174 1509
     
Twink
white-out
175 1509
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
176 1508
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
177 1506
     
Serviette
paper napkin
178 1506
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
179 1506
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
180 1504
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
181 1504
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
182 1504
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
183 1501
     
Nappy
diaper
184 1498
     
Hard yakka
hard work
185 1496
     
Kick the Bucket
die
186 1496
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
187 1494
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
188 1492
     
Cuz
cousin, family
189 1491
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
190 1491
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
191 1490
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
192 1483
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
193 1482
     
Cardi
cardigan
194 1481
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
195 1481
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1480
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
197 1479
     
Quack
Medical doctor
198 1479
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
199 1477
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
200 1477
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
201 1476
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
202 1474
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
203 1473
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
204 1468
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
205 1467
     
Oldies
parents
206 1463
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
207 1463
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
208 1460
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
209 1459
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
210 1459
     
Postal code
zip code
211 1457
     
Mate
buddy
212 1456
     
Perve
to stare
213 1455
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
214 1453
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
215 1453
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1451
     
Pakeha
non maori person
217 1451
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1450
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
219 1450
     
pudding
dessert
220 1442
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
221 1440
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
222 1440
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
223 1439
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
224 1439
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
225 1439
     
Snarler
sausage
226 1436
     
Torch
flashlight
227 1435
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
228 1435
     
Whinge
complain, moan
229 1432
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1427
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
231 1426
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1422
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
233 1422
     
Ute
small pick up truck
234 1415
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1404
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1403
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1362
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1360
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1360
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1276
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1207
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1206
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1171
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1170
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1157
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1154
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
247 1140
     
crash hot
excellent
248 1136
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1132
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1131
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1122
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1114
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1108
     
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 1102
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
255 1102
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
256 1086
     
Gurb
Food
257 1085
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1083
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
259 1081
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1078
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 1077
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 1073
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
263 1070
     
Hubby
Partner
264 1069
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
265 1060
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 1058
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
267 1057
     
Yonks
A long time
268 1057
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1054
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
270 1054
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
271 1053
     
Jack up
To organise
272 1053
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
273 1050
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 1049
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1048
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
276 1047
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
277 1047
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
278 1045
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
279 1044
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 1044
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
281 1043
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
282 1041
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1035
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 1034
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 1033
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
286 1030
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
287 1029
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1028
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
289 1025
     
Spill
Tell all
290 1022
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
291 1016
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1013
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
293 1010
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
294 1008
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
295 1008
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
296 1007
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 1007
     
too much
really good
298 1003
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 985
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
300 985
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 981
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
302 979
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 975
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
304 973
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 969
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
306 966
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
307 966
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
308 965
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
309 959
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 958
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
311 954
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 944
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 898
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 853
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 845
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 815
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 741
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime