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 2293
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2266
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2172
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2109
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2102
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2071
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2048
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2046
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2030
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2025
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 1989
     
wai wai express
walking
12 1982
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1962
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1936
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1931
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 1926
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 1921
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
18 1914
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1913
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 1912
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
21 1903
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1901
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1898
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1877
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1864
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1862
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
27 1851
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 1850
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
29 1840
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1831
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1830
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1825
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1818
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1800
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
35 1798
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1797
     
Much of a muchness
Same
37 1797
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
38 1796
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1786
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
40 1781
     
piece of piss
it's easy
41 1775
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1767
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1754
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1743
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1730
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1729
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
47 1712
     
Good as gold
48 1711
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1693
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1693
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1684
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1682
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1673
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1660
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1656
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1652
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1641
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1639
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
59 1636
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1620
     
Crib
bach
61 1590
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1544
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1523
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1513
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
65 1499
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
66 1498
     
Brickie
bricklayer
67 1495
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
68 1493
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
69 1492
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1486
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
71 1484
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
72 1481
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
73 1480
     
Chick
woman/female
74 1474
     
Barbie
barbeque
75 1467
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
76 1457
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1457
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
78 1456
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
79 1456
     
Tramping
hiking
80 1456
     
Bach
holiday home
81 1454
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
82 1452
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
83 1451
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
84 1449
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
85 1449
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
86 1446
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
87 1444
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
88 1441
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
89 1438
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
90 1433
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
91 1430
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
92 1427
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
93 1425
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
94 1423
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
95 1423
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
96 1422
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
97 1422
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
98 1422
     
Sprog
child
99 1416
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
100 1415
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
101 1415
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
102 1414
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
103 1414
     
Ta
thanks
104 1414
     
Cockie
farmer
105 1412
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
106 1410
     
Kiwi
new zealander
107 1410
     
Handle
pint of beer
108 1409
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
109 1405
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
110 1405
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
111 1405
     
Root
have sex, get sex
112 1405
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
113 1404
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
114 1404
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
115 1403
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
116 1402
     
Ropeable
very angry
117 1402
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
118 1400
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
119 1400
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
120 1399
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
121 1399
     
Greasies
fish and chips
122 1399
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
123 1399
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
124 1398
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1398
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
126 1398
     
Sparkie
electrician
127 1398
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1397
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
129 1396
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
130 1395
     
Bugger
damn!!
131 1392
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
132 1391
     
Lurgy
flu
133 1391
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
134 1388
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
135 1385
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
136 1385
     
Bloke
man
137 1384
     
Pinky
little finger
138 1383
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
139 1383
     
Squiz
take a quick look
140 1382
     
Chook
chicken
141 1381
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
142 1380
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
143 1380
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1379
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
145 1377
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
146 1377
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
147 1374
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
148 1373
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
149 1373
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
150 1371
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
151 1370
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
152 1370
     
Spud
potato
153 1370
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
154 1369
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
155 1369
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
156 1368
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
157 1366
     
Flog
steal, rob
158 1365
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1362
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
160 1361
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1358
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
162 1356
     
Serviette
paper napkin
163 1356
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
164 1354
     
Twink
white-out
165 1354
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1353
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1352
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
168 1351
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
169 1350
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
170 1349
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1348
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
172 1348
     
Creek
small stream
173 1345
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
174 1345
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
175 1343
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
176 1342
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
177 1341
     
Nappy
diaper
178 1341
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
179 1340
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1334
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
181 1334
     
Kick the Bucket
die
182 1328
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
183 1325
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
184 1324
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
185 1324
     
Cuz
cousin, family
186 1323
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
187 1323
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
188 1323
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
189 1322
     
Postal code
zip code
190 1322
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
191 1322
     
Hard yakka
hard work
192 1319
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
193 1319
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1318
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1317
     
Tights
pantyhose
196 1315
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1313
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
198 1312
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
199 1311
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
200 1311
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
201 1310
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
202 1309
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1307
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
204 1306
     
Pakeha
non maori person
205 1303
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
206 1302
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
207 1301
     
Oldies
parents
208 1300
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
209 1298
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1294
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1291
     
Perve
to stare
212 1287
     
Motorway
freeway
213 1286
     
Torch
flashlight
214 1286
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
215 1285
     
Whinge
complain, moan
216 1284
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
217 1284
     
Mate
buddy
218 1283
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
219 1282
     
Lift
elevator
220 1282
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
221 1282
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
222 1282
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
223 1280
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
224 1278
     
pudding
dessert
225 1277
     
Ute
small pick up truck
226 1271
     
Old Bomb
old car
227 1269
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
228 1268
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
229 1266
     
Lolly
Candy
230 1263
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
231 1263
     
Snarler
sausage
232 1263
     
Scarfie
university student
233 1254
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1250
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
235 1249
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1242
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1218
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1213
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1172
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1115
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1047
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 1026
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 1024
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
244 1017
     
crash hot
excellent
245 1015
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
246 995
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
247 994
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
248 988
     
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)
249 985
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
250 974
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
251 970
     
Gurb
Food
252 961
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
253 960
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
254 960
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
255 958
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 955
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 952
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
258 948
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 946
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
260 943
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
261 942
     
Yonks
A long time
262 942
     
Hubby
Partner
263 936
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
264 934
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
265 933
     
Jack up
To organise
266 933
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
267 930
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
268 930
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
269 929
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
270 928
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
271 927
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
272 927
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
273 925
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
274 924
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
275 924
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
276 924
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
277 923
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
278 922
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
279 921
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
280 919
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
281 917
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
282 912
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
283 912
     
Spill
Tell all
284 908
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 905
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 904
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
287 901
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 899
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 899
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
290 898
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
291 898
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 889
     
too much
really good
293 889
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 888
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 886
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 883
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 874
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 872
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 869
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 869
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 869
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
302 862
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
303 861
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 856
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 850
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 846
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 845
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 836
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 823
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 819
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 808
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 782
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 759
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 719
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 713
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 679
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 636
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime