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 2388
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2352
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2263
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2191
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2191
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2159
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2124
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2120
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2110
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2105
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2097
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2079
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2039
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 2014
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 2013
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 2013
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 2010
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1994
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1990
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1989
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1986
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
22 1974
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
23 1972
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
24 1950
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1950
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
26 1948
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1939
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1930
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1914
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1914
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1906
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1904
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1891
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1889
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1883
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1879
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1875
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1870
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1864
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1862
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1853
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1848
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1840
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1832
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1825
     
Good as gold
46 1811
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1795
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1789
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1772
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1765
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
51 1756
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
52 1755
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1746
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1738
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1728
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1725
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1725
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1712
     
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 1712
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1709
     
Crib
bach
61 1685
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1676
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1608
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
64 1604
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1596
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
66 1587
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
67 1587
     
Bach
holiday home
68 1580
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
69 1578
     
Rellies
relatives, family
70 1578
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
71 1576
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
72 1571
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
73 1565
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
74 1560
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
75 1554
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
76 1552
     
Chick
woman/female
77 1548
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1546
     
Barbie
barbeque
79 1543
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
80 1541
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
81 1537
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
82 1530
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
83 1528
     
Tramping
hiking
84 1525
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
85 1522
     
Handle
pint of beer
86 1521
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
87 1521
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
88 1521
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
89 1519
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
90 1518
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
91 1518
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
92 1514
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
93 1514
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
94 1512
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
95 1511
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
96 1510
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
97 1510
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
98 1508
     
Lift
elevator
99 1507
     
Kiwi
new zealander
100 1503
     
Ta
thanks
101 1503
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
102 1502
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
103 1499
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
104 1499
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
105 1498
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
106 1497
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
107 1494
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
108 1493
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
109 1490
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
110 1490
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
111 1487
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
112 1487
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
113 1486
     
Sprog
child
114 1486
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
115 1485
     
Root
have sex, get sex
116 1485
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
117 1484
     
Ropeable
very angry
118 1484
     
Chook
chicken
119 1483
     
Cockie
farmer
120 1483
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
121 1483
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1480
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1479
     
Up the duff
pregnant
124 1476
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
125 1474
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
126 1474
     
Pinky
little finger
127 1473
     
Greasies
fish and chips
128 1472
     
Bugger
damn!!
129 1470
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
130 1470
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
131 1469
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
132 1468
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
133 1466
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
134 1466
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
135 1466
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
136 1464
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
137 1464
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1464
     
Sparkie
electrician
139 1463
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
140 1460
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
141 1459
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
142 1458
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
143 1457
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
144 1456
     
Lurgy
flu
145 1456
     
Spud
potato
146 1453
     
Bloke
man
147 1452
     
Creek
small stream
148 1452
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
149 1452
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1452
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
151 1450
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
152 1450
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
153 1449
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
154 1447
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1446
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
156 1445
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
157 1445
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1443
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
159 1440
     
Motorway
freeway
160 1440
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1439
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
162 1438
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
163 1435
     
Flog
steal, rob
164 1434
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1433
     
Tights
pantyhose
166 1431
     
Serviette
paper napkin
167 1430
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
168 1429
     
Happy as larry
very happy
169 1428
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
170 1427
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
171 1425
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
172 1423
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1423
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
174 1422
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
175 1422
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
176 1420
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
177 1419
     
Twink
white-out
178 1419
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
179 1418
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1416
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
181 1411
     
Hard yakka
hard work
182 1409
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
183 1409
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
184 1408
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
185 1407
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
186 1406
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
187 1404
     
Cardi
cardigan
188 1402
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
189 1402
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
190 1402
     
Kick the Bucket
die
191 1401
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
192 1397
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
193 1397
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
194 1396
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
195 1395
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
196 1393
     
Cuz
cousin, family
197 1392
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
198 1392
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
199 1392
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1388
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
201 1387
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
202 1387
     
Oldies
parents
203 1384
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
204 1383
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
205 1383
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
206 1382
     
Postal code
zip code
207 1382
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
208 1380
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1377
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1374
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
211 1371
     
Perve
to stare
212 1370
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1369
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
214 1368
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
215 1367
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
216 1366
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
217 1365
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
218 1360
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
219 1358
     
Mate
buddy
220 1357
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
221 1352
     
Torch
flashlight
222 1352
     
Whinge
complain, moan
223 1352
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
224 1350
     
pudding
dessert
225 1350
     
Scarfie
university student
226 1349
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1345
     
Old Bomb
old car
228 1341
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
229 1340
     
Snarler
sausage
230 1340
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
231 1339
     
Lolly
Candy
232 1339
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1337
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1332
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1330
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1312
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1287
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1278
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1278
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1199
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1109
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
242 1099
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
243 1094
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1081
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1070
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
246 1069
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1065
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
248 1059
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
249 1057
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1055
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1052
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1043
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1040
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1032
     
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)
255 1030
     
Gurb
Food
256 1015
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1009
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1008
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1005
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1004
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
261 997
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 997
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 992
     
Hubby
Partner
264 991
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 990
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 990
     
Yonks
A long time
267 988
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 987
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 987
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 984
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
271 982
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 981
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 977
     
Jack up
To organise
274 977
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
275 976
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
276 975
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
277 974
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 974
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 974
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 972
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 970
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 968
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 963
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 958
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 957
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 956
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 953
     
Spill
Tell all
288 953
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 951
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 948
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 944
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 937
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 932
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 932
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 930
     
too much
really good
296 928
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
297 927
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
298 926
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 914
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
300 913
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 910
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 910
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 908
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 907
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 896
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 893
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 889
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 887
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 881
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 880
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 861
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 858
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 812
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 765
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 756
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 735
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 676
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime