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 2302
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2274
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2179
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
4 2117
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
5 2110
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2079
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2055
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2054
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
9 2037
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
10 2035
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
11 1997
     
wai wai express
walking
12 1989
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 1969
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 1945
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 1939
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 1934
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 1928
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
18 1921
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
19 1920
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
20 1920
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
21 1912
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1908
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1907
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
24 1886
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1872
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
26 1869
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
27 1858
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
28 1857
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
29 1856
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
30 1840
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1839
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1834
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
33 1825
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
34 1807
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1806
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
36 1806
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
37 1805
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
38 1803
     
piece of piss
it's easy
39 1796
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
40 1794
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1789
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1776
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
43 1763
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
44 1751
     
sweet as
everything is ok
45 1737
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
46 1736
     
Good as gold
47 1724
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1720
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
49 1702
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
50 1701
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1693
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1690
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1680
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1667
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1663
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1659
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
57 1648
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
58 1647
     
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 1643
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1627
     
Crib
bach
61 1599
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1551
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
63 1530
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
64 1521
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
65 1508
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
66 1507
     
Brickie
bricklayer
67 1505
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
68 1502
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
69 1500
     
Arvo
afternoon
70 1498
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
71 1492
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
72 1492
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
73 1488
     
Chick
woman/female
74 1481
     
Barbie
barbeque
75 1474
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
76 1466
     
Rellies
relatives, family
77 1465
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
78 1464
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
79 1464
     
Tramping
hiking
80 1464
     
Bach
holiday home
81 1462
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
82 1461
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
83 1459
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
84 1459
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
85 1457
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
86 1457
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
87 1453
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
88 1451
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
89 1446
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
90 1440
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
91 1438
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
92 1435
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
93 1432
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
94 1431
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
95 1431
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
96 1430
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
97 1429
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
98 1428
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
99 1423
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
100 1423
     
Sprog
child
101 1423
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
102 1422
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
103 1421
     
Cockie
farmer
104 1420
     
Ta
thanks
105 1420
     
Handle
pint of beer
106 1419
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
107 1419
     
Kiwi
new zealander
108 1417
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
109 1413
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
110 1411
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
111 1411
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
112 1411
     
Root
have sex, get sex
113 1411
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
114 1410
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
115 1410
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
116 1409
     
Ropeable
very angry
117 1409
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
118 1408
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
119 1407
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
120 1407
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
121 1407
     
Greasies
fish and chips
122 1406
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
123 1406
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
124 1405
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
125 1405
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
126 1405
     
Sparkie
electrician
127 1405
     
Up the duff
pregnant
128 1404
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
129 1403
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
130 1402
     
Bugger
damn!!
131 1399
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
132 1399
     
Lurgy
flu
133 1399
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
134 1398
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
135 1395
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
136 1393
     
Bloke
man
137 1390
     
Chook
chicken
138 1390
     
Pinky
little finger
139 1390
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
140 1390
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
141 1389
     
Squiz
take a quick look
142 1389
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
143 1386
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
144 1386
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
145 1385
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
146 1383
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
147 1381
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
148 1380
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
149 1379
     
Spud
potato
150 1379
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
151 1378
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
152 1377
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
153 1377
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
154 1376
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
155 1376
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
156 1375
     
Flog
steal, rob
157 1372
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
158 1371
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
159 1368
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
160 1368
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
161 1364
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
162 1362
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
163 1362
     
Serviette
paper napkin
164 1362
     
Twink
white-out
165 1360
     
Happy as larry
very happy
166 1359
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
167 1358
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
168 1356
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
169 1356
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
170 1356
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
171 1355
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
172 1354
     
Creek
small stream
173 1351
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
174 1351
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
175 1350
     
Nappy
diaper
176 1349
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
177 1348
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
178 1347
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
179 1346
     
Cardi
cardigan
180 1342
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
181 1340
     
Kick the Bucket
die
182 1335
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
183 1331
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
184 1331
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
185 1331
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
186 1331
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
187 1330
     
Cuz
cousin, family
188 1329
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
189 1329
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
190 1328
     
Postal code
zip code
191 1328
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
192 1326
     
Hard yakka
hard work
193 1325
     
Quack
Medical doctor
194 1325
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
195 1324
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
196 1323
     
Tights
pantyhose
197 1321
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
198 1319
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
199 1318
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
200 1318
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
201 1317
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
202 1315
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1313
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
204 1311
     
Pakeha
non maori person
205 1309
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
206 1309
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
207 1308
     
Oldies
parents
208 1307
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
209 1305
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
210 1302
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
211 1298
     
Motorway
freeway
212 1298
     
Perve
to stare
213 1293
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
214 1292
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
215 1292
     
Torch
flashlight
216 1292
     
Whinge
complain, moan
217 1292
     
Mate
buddy
218 1291
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
219 1291
     
Lift
elevator
220 1290
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
221 1289
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
222 1288
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
223 1288
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
224 1286
     
pudding
dessert
225 1284
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
226 1280
     
Ute
small pick up truck
227 1277
     
Old Bomb
old car
228 1276
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
229 1275
     
Lolly
Candy
230 1270
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
231 1270
     
Snarler
sausage
232 1269
     
Scarfie
university student
233 1264
     
Cheers
thanks
234 1258
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
235 1255
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1250
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1225
     
Veges
Vegetables
238 1221
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
239 1178
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1121
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
241 1051
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
242 1030
     
Arse about face
Back to front
243 1028
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
244 1025
     
crash hot
excellent
245 1021
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
246 1001
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
247 999
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
248 992
     
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)
249 991
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
250 980
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
251 979
     
Gurb
Food
252 967
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
253 964
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
254 964
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
255 962
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
256 960
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
257 956
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
258 953
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
259 950
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
260 949
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
261 946
     
Yonks
A long time
262 946
     
Hubby
Partner
263 940
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
264 939
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 938
     
Jack up
To organise
266 937
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
267 935
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
268 935
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
269 934
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
270 933
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
271 932
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
272 931
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
273 931
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
274 930
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
275 928
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 928
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
277 928
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
278 926
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
279 925
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
280 925
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 923
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
282 921
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
283 916
     
Spill
Tell all
284 913
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
285 911
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
286 910
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
287 906
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
288 904
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
289 904
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
290 903
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
291 902
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
292 893
     
too much
really good
293 893
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
294 892
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
295 891
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
296 887
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
297 879
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
298 877
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
299 874
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
300 874
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
301 874
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
302 867
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
303 866
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
304 861
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
305 855
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 851
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
307 850
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 840
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 828
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 823
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
311 812
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
312 794
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 766
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 724
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 718
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 684
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 641
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime