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 2749
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
2 2691
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
3 2660
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2581
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2561
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2560
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
7 2462
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
8 2455
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2449
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2445
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
11 2425
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2409
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
13 2349
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
14 2338
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
15 2335
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
16 2330
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
17 2323
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
18 2319
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
19 2303
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 2285
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
21 2280
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
22 2277
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 2274
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
24 2270
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
25 2267
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 2248
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
27 2244
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 2242
     
piece of piss
it's easy
29 2232
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
30 2231
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 2215
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
32 2209
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
33 2200
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 2194
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
35 2187
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
36 2182
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 2181
     
Good as gold
38 2175
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 2173
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
40 2163
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 2158
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 2158
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
43 2135
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 2128
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
45 2095
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
46 2077
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 2045
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 2029
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 2023
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
50 2012
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 2006
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
52 2005
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1980
     
it's all good
everything is organised
54 1972
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1970
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
56 1967
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
57 1947
     
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 1945
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
59 1939
     
Good nick
good condition
60 1935
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
61 1928
     
Arvo
afternoon
62 1921
     
Crib
bach
63 1917
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
64 1902
     
Bach
holiday home
65 1882
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
66 1881
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
67 1832
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1828
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
69 1819
     
Brickie
bricklayer
70 1818
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
71 1816
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
72 1810
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
73 1806
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
74 1793
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1790
     
Rellies
relatives, family
76 1782
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
77 1778
     
Chook
chicken
78 1772
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
79 1770
     
Chick
woman/female
80 1769
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
81 1768
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
82 1763
     
Handle
pint of beer
83 1759
     
Barbie
barbeque
84 1758
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
85 1757
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
86 1751
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
87 1741
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
88 1738
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
89 1737
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
90 1736
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
91 1735
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
92 1735
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
93 1733
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
94 1733
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1732
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
96 1730
     
Motorway
freeway
97 1730
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
98 1730
     
Sparkie
electrician
99 1725
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
100 1724
     
Sprog
child
101 1724
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
102 1721
     
Tramping
hiking
103 1720
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
104 1719
     
Ropeable
very angry
105 1719
     
Lift
elevator
106 1715
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
107 1715
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
108 1714
     
Root
have sex, get sex
109 1714
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
110 1713
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
111 1713
     
Ta
thanks
112 1711
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
113 1710
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
114 1707
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
115 1707
     
Kiwi
new zealander
116 1706
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
117 1705
     
Cockie
farmer
118 1704
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
119 1703
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
120 1703
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
121 1702
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
122 1702
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
123 1700
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
124 1699
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
125 1696
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
126 1694
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
127 1694
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
128 1692
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
129 1690
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
130 1689
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1687
     
Spud
potato
132 1687
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
133 1684
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
134 1683
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
135 1682
     
Bugger
damn!!
136 1681
     
Up the duff
pregnant
137 1680
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
138 1677
     
Pinky
little finger
139 1676
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
140 1674
     
Greasies
fish and chips
141 1673
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
142 1673
     
Bloke
man
143 1671
     
Creek
small stream
144 1671
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
145 1671
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
146 1667
     
Squiz
take a quick look
147 1667
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
148 1666
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
149 1665
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
150 1665
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1663
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
152 1663
     
Lurgy
flu
153 1660
     
Flog
steal, rob
154 1659
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
155 1659
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
156 1659
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
157 1658
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
158 1657
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
159 1654
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
160 1653
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
161 1650
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
162 1647
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
163 1647
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
164 1644
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
165 1644
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
166 1644
     
Happy as larry
very happy
167 1641
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
168 1641
     
Tights
pantyhose
169 1640
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
170 1639
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
171 1638
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
172 1637
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
173 1634
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
174 1634
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
175 1634
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
176 1633
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1633
     
Serviette
paper napkin
178 1633
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
179 1630
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1630
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
181 1629
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
182 1628
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
183 1625
     
Twink
white-out
184 1625
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
185 1624
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
186 1623
     
Hard yakka
hard work
187 1621
     
Kick the Bucket
die
188 1618
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
189 1614
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
190 1612
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
191 1611
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
192 1609
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
193 1604
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
194 1603
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
195 1601
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
196 1600
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
197 1599
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
198 1595
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
199 1595
     
Oldies
parents
200 1595
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
201 1595
     
Quack
Medical doctor
202 1595
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
203 1594
     
Cuz
cousin, family
204 1593
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
205 1590
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
206 1590
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
207 1588
     
Cardi
cardigan
208 1586
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
209 1586
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1586
     
Pakeha
non maori person
211 1585
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
212 1585
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
213 1584
     
Mate
buddy
214 1581
     
Perve
to stare
215 1581
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
216 1581
     
pudding
dessert
217 1578
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
218 1577
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
219 1570
     
Postal code
zip code
220 1569
     
Snarler
sausage
221 1569
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
222 1567
     
Scarfie
university student
223 1565
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
224 1565
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
225 1564
     
Old Bomb
old car
226 1563
     
Torch
flashlight
227 1562
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
228 1561
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
229 1558
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
230 1555
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1549
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
232 1543
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1539
     
Whinge
complain, moan
234 1531
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1526
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1522
     
Veges
Vegetables
237 1493
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
238 1478
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1471
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1403
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1345
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1334
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1309
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
244 1297
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
245 1285
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1283
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1278
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1271
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1251
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
250 1241
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 1237
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
252 1228
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
253 1226
     
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 1224
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
255 1221
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 1212
     
Gurb
Food
257 1201
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
258 1199
     
Hubby
Partner
259 1199
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
260 1198
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
261 1195
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1195
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
263 1191
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 1190
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
265 1189
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 1188
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
267 1183
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
268 1181
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 1179
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
270 1174
     
Jack up
To organise
271 1174
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 1174
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 1173
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 1170
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
275 1170
     
Yonks
A long time
276 1163
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
277 1161
     
Spill
Tell all
278 1160
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
279 1160
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
280 1159
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
281 1158
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
282 1157
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 1155
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
284 1155
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
285 1152
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
286 1146
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
287 1145
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 1142
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
289 1141
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
290 1139
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
291 1139
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
292 1136
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
293 1134
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
294 1134
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
295 1132
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
296 1132
     
too much
really good
297 1129
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 1128
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
299 1109
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
300 1104
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
301 1098
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 1098
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
303 1096
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
304 1096
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
305 1090
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
306 1088
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 1085
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
308 1076
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 1063
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
310 1059
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
311 1059
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
312 1057
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 1010
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 980
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
315 937
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
316 933
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 861
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime