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 2372
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2338
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2249
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2177
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2161
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2140
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2110
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2105
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2095
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
10 2094
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 2074
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2064
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2024
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
14 2001
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
15 1998
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
16 1998
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
17 1998
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 1979
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 1975
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 1974
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1973
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1960
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1959
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1936
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1934
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
26 1933
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1926
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1918
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
29 1903
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1902
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
31 1894
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
32 1888
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1881
     
piece of piss
it's easy
34 1869
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1867
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1864
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1859
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1856
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
39 1850
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1849
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1841
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1833
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1826
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1820
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1815
     
Good as gold
46 1795
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1784
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1775
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1757
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1749
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1744
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1742
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1728
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1726
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1715
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1711
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1708
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
58 1699
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
59 1698
     
Wouldn't know them from a bar of soap
I do not know this person, similar to I wouldn't know them from Adam
60 1698
     
Crib
bach
61 1672
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1666
     
Arvo
afternoon
63 1581
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
64 1577
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1575
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
66 1573
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
67 1572
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
68 1566
     
Rellies
relatives, family
69 1562
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
70 1558
     
Bach
holiday home
71 1555
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
72 1555
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
73 1552
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
74 1546
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
75 1540
     
Chick
woman/female
76 1535
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
77 1534
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1533
     
Barbie
barbeque
79 1528
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
80 1525
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
81 1523
     
Tramping
hiking
82 1513
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
83 1508
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
84 1507
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
85 1505
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
86 1504
     
Handle
pint of beer
87 1503
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
88 1503
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
89 1503
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
90 1501
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
91 1501
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
92 1499
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
93 1497
     
Lift
elevator
94 1494
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
95 1494
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
96 1494
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
97 1492
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
98 1491
     
Kiwi
new zealander
99 1489
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
100 1488
     
Ta
thanks
101 1488
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
102 1487
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
103 1486
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
104 1482
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
105 1481
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
106 1481
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
107 1481
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
108 1480
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
109 1476
     
Sprog
child
110 1475
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
111 1474
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
112 1473
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
113 1473
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
114 1471
     
Cockie
farmer
115 1470
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
116 1470
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
117 1470
     
Root
have sex, get sex
118 1470
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
119 1469
     
Ropeable
very angry
120 1465
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
121 1464
     
Up the duff
pregnant
122 1463
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
123 1462
     
Chook
chicken
124 1461
     
Greasies
fish and chips
125 1459
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
126 1459
     
Pinky
little finger
127 1459
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
128 1458
     
Bugger
damn!!
129 1457
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
130 1455
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
131 1455
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
132 1453
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
133 1453
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
134 1451
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
135 1451
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
136 1449
     
Sparkie
electrician
137 1449
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
138 1448
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
139 1447
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
140 1447
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
141 1444
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
142 1444
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
143 1442
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1440
     
Lurgy
flu
145 1440
     
Spud
potato
146 1440
     
Squiz
take a quick look
147 1439
     
Bloke
man
148 1436
     
Creek
small stream
149 1436
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
150 1435
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
151 1434
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
152 1434
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1432
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
154 1432
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
155 1432
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
156 1431
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
157 1430
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
158 1426
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
159 1426
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
160 1425
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
161 1424
     
Flog
steal, rob
162 1421
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
163 1421
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
164 1420
     
Serviette
paper napkin
165 1418
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1416
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
167 1413
     
Tights
pantyhose
168 1412
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
169 1411
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
170 1411
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1410
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
172 1408
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1407
     
Twink
white-out
174 1407
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
175 1406
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
176 1405
     
Motorway
freeway
177 1404
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
178 1404
     
Nappy
diaper
179 1401
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
180 1397
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
181 1395
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
182 1393
     
Hard yakka
hard work
183 1392
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
184 1391
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
185 1390
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
186 1390
     
Cardi
cardigan
187 1388
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
188 1385
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
189 1385
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
190 1384
     
Kick the Bucket
die
191 1383
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
192 1383
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
193 1383
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
194 1382
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
195 1382
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
196 1380
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
197 1379
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
198 1378
     
Cuz
cousin, family
199 1376
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1372
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
201 1371
     
Postal code
zip code
202 1371
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
203 1371
     
Oldies
parents
204 1369
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
205 1368
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
206 1367
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
207 1365
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
208 1365
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
209 1365
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1357
     
Perve
to stare
211 1357
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
212 1355
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1355
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
214 1353
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1350
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1349
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
217 1348
     
Mate
buddy
218 1345
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
219 1345
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
220 1344
     
Whinge
complain, moan
221 1341
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
222 1338
     
Torch
flashlight
223 1334
     
pudding
dessert
224 1333
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
225 1332
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
226 1332
     
Scarfie
university student
227 1328
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
228 1327
     
Snarler
sausage
229 1327
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
230 1325
     
Old Bomb
old car
231 1323
     
Ute
small pick up truck
232 1323
     
Lolly
Candy
233 1318
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1317
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1316
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1300
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1274
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1265
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1256
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1180
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1091
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
242 1089
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
243 1081
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1070
     
Arse about face
Back to front
245 1061
     
crash hot
excellent
246 1056
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
247 1056
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
248 1048
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
249 1044
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
250 1044
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1042
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1032
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1031
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1023
     
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 1019
     
Gurb
Food
256 1002
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1001
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1000
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 995
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 993
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
261 990
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
262 983
     
Hubby
Partner
263 982
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
264 982
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 981
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
266 981
     
Yonks
A long time
267 981
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 978
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
269 976
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
270 974
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
271 972
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
272 969
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 969
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
274 968
     
Jack up
To organise
275 967
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
276 967
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
277 966
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
278 966
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 965
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 963
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 960
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 959
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
283 952
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
284 951
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 949
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 948
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 945
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 944
     
Spill
Tell all
289 944
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 938
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 938
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 925
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 923
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 922
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
295 919
     
too much
really good
296 919
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
297 918
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 917
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 908
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
300 904
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
301 903
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
302 899
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 898
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 897
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 887
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 884
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 883
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 880
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
309 872
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
310 871
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 853
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 847
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 801
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 757
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 750
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 728
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 667
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime