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 2408
     
Maori Roast
Fish and Chips
2 2368
     
Bit green behind the ears
Don't know what they're doing
3 2278
     
Shank’s pony
Walking
4 2207
     
Making a mountain out of a molehill
Making a big deal out of something small
5 2203
     
Mate rates
A cheaper price for a friend
6 2177
     
Pull the pin
Stop doing something
7 2138
     
You make a better door than a window
said by someone standing in the way
8 2134
     
Cheap as chips
Doesn't cost much
9 2127
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Do two things with one action
10 2123
     
Rattle your dags:
To hurry up
11 2118
     
wai wai express
walking
12 2091
     
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Same
13 2050
     
One can short of a sixpack
a bit thick or crazy
14 2032
     
Kill two birds with one stone
Get two things done at once
15 2026
     
Wop-Wops
Middle of nowhere
16 2026
     
Half Pai
Putting little effort in, not interested
17 2023
     
AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL
USELESS
18 2007
     
Wouldn't know shit from clay
Naive or stupid person
19 2004
     
Built like a brick shithouse
A solid framed person
20 2001
     
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey
Very Cold
21 1997
     
Out of the blue
By suprise
22 1985
     
wig wong for a gooses bridle
something that doesn't do anything, no known use
23 1985
     
AS USEFULL AS AN ASHTRAY ON A MOTORBIKE
USELESS
24 1970
     
see ya round like a record
catch up later
25 1963
     
a hot bit of crumpit
a pritty woman
26 1960
     
Off Like A Robber's Dog
Really taking off
27 1951
     
From whoa to go
From start to finish
28 1941
     
A glass and a half and you're on your arse.
Said to someone who gets drunk easily.
29 1930
     
Miss goodie two shoes
Some one who is always well behaved
30 1929
     
wee bit of fluff
see "crumpit"
31 1919
     
Chip off the old block
A child that is similar to their parent/s
32 1916
     
piece of piss
it's easy
33 1910
     
Piss holes in the snow
Barely visible
34 1902
     
Much of a muchness
Same
35 1898
     
Get off the grass
disbelief, similar to "stop pulling my leg"
36 1889
     
rings a bell
sounds familiar
37 1888
     
Polished off
To finish eating, quickly
38 1883
     
good as gold
i've done it, i understand
39 1876
     
Daylight robbery
Very Expensive
40 1873
     
As rare as rocking horse shit
rare
41 1868
     
Sammy short of a picnic
a bit thick, or crazy
42 1860
     
You Manis
bit of a wally, done something stupid
43 1851
     
blue ass fly havin a convulsion
too fast slow down
44 1844
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of suprise or annoyance
45 1836
     
Good as gold
46 1832
     
sweet as
everything is ok
47 1805
     
he's a bit of a dag
he's a character
48 1799
     
chew the fat
have a bit of a yarn
49 1782
     
Couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery
unorganised, useless
50 1774
     
blow off some steam
have a moan about something thats riling you
51 1767
     
Maori Overdrive
throwing a car into neutral going down a steep hill
52 1764
     
butchers hook
wont be happy
53 1758
     
Good nick
good condition
54 1747
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
55 1737
     
it's all good
everything is organised
56 1736
     
The early bird catches the worm
Get in early or miss out
57 1733
     
Bobs your uncle
All done.
58 1721
     
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 1720
     
Bite your bum
Go away, get lost
60 1718
     
Crib
bach
61 1697
     
Down the gurgler
failed plan
62 1685
     
dodgy
bad, unreliable, not good
63 1634
     
Arvo
afternoon
64 1632
     
Brickie
bricklayer
65 1613
     
Bach
holiday home
66 1603
     
you can bet your bottom dollar
you can be sure of that
67 1599
     
Rust bucket
decrepit motor car
68 1598
     
Loo
bathroom, toilet
69 1591
     
Rellies
relatives, family
70 1589
     
Big Smoke
large town or city
71 1587
     
Bungy
elastic strap, as in bungy jumping
72 1581
     
Scroggin
trampers high energy food including dried fruit and nuts
73 1573
     
Shandy
drink made with lemonade and beer
74 1572
     
Skite
to boast, boasting, bragging
75 1570
     
Laughing gear
mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this
76 1564
     
Chick
woman/female
77 1557
     
Bit of a dag
hard case, comedian, person with character
78 1555
     
Barbie
barbeque
79 1553
     
Strapped for cash
low on cash. no money
80 1552
     
Duvet
duilt, doona
81 1548
     
Chippy
builder, carpenter
82 1547
     
Shit a brick
exclamation of surprise or annoyance
83 1546
     
Handle
pint of beer
84 1540
     
Tramping
hiking
85 1534
     
Cheerio
mane for a cocktail sausage
86 1533
     
Sparrow Fart
very early in the morning, sunrise
87 1532
     
Pushing up daisies
dead and buried
88 1531
     
Piss around
waste time, muck around
89 1530
     
Maori
indigenous people of New Zealand
90 1528
     
Pong
bad smell, stink
91 1528
     
Yack
to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
92 1526
     
Sook
cry baby, wimp
93 1525
     
Tea
evening meal, dinner
94 1524
     
Boy-racer
name given to young man who drives a fast car with a loud stereo
95 1522
     
Cast
immobilised, unable to get to your feet
96 1521
     
Pram
baby stroller, baby pushchair
97 1521
     
Knackered
exhausted, tired, lethargic
98 1520
     
Lift
elevator
99 1515
     
Ta
thanks
100 1515
     
Ads
tv commercials, advertisements
101 1512
     
Cotton buds
Q-tips
102 1512
     
Kiwi
new zealander
103 1511
     
Nana
grandmother, grandma
104 1509
     
Bitser
mongrel dog
105 1508
     
Offsider
an assistant, someones friend as in we saw him and his offsider going down the road
106 1508
     
piss up
party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
107 1508
     
Chook
chicken
108 1506
     
Mad as a meat axe
very angry or crazy
109 1504
     
Hollywood
to fake oe exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
110 1503
     
Rattle your dags
hurry up, get moving
111 1500
     
Open slather
a free-for-all
112 1499
     
Anklebiter
toddler, small child
113 1497
     
Sprog
child
114 1497
     
Bring a plate
means bring a dish of food to share
115 1496
     
Fizz Boat
small power boat
116 1494
     
Home and hosed
safe, successfully finished
117 1494
     
Root
have sex, get sex
118 1494
     
Ropeable
very angry
119 1494
     
Pub
bar or hotel that serves liquor
120 1493
     
Cockie
farmer
121 1492
     
Jumper
sweater, jersey
122 1490
     
Scull
consume, drink quickly
123 1489
     
On the never never
paying for somthing using layby, not paying straight away
124 1485
     
Up the duff
pregnant
125 1485
     
Pinky
little finger
126 1484
     
Ring
to telephone somebody, as in "i'll give you a ring"
127 1483
     
Greasies
fish and chips
128 1480
     
Sunnies
sunglasses
129 1479
     
Bugger
damn!!
130 1478
     
Brown eye
to flash your naked butt at someone
131 1477
     
Caravan
mobile home that tows behind car
132 1477
     
Sickie
to take a day off work or school because you are sick
133 1477
     
Good on ya mate!
congradulations, well done, proud of someone
134 1476
     
Stubby
small glass of beer
135 1476
     
How's it going mate?
kiwi greeting
136 1475
     
Full tit
going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"
137 1474
     
Jandal
thongs, sandles. flip-flops
138 1474
     
Hoon
young adult fast driver
139 1473
     
Sparkie
electrician
140 1473
     
Motorway
freeway
141 1471
     
Home and hosed
heavy rain
142 1468
     
Aotearoa
Maori name for New Zealand, meaning long white cloud
143 1467
     
Hottie
hot water bottle
144 1467
     
Pikelet
small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
145 1466
     
Bloke
man
146 1464
     
Lurgy
flu
147 1464
     
Spud
potato
148 1462
     
OE
Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
149 1461
     
Squiz
take a quick look
150 1461
     
Creek
small stream
151 1460
     
De facto
mane used for a couple who are not married but are living together
152 1460
     
Banger
sausage, as in bangers and mash
153 1459
     
Rubbish
garbage, trash
154 1459
     
Can you spare it man?
Is that the best you can do?
155 1457
     
Dunny
toilet, bathroom, lavatory
156 1457
     
pisshead
someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
157 1456
     
Sunday driver
someone who drives very slow
158 1456
     
Chips
deep fried slices of potato but thicker than a french fry
159 1455
     
Shark and taties
fish and chips
160 1453
     
Ear bashing
someone talking incessantly
161 1449
     
Iceblock
popsicle, ice stick
162 1448
     
Drongo
stupid fool, idiot
163 1446
     
Tights
pantyhose
164 1446
     
Get the willies
overcome with trepidation
165 1445
     
Hard case
amusing, funny person
166 1444
     
Flog
steal, rob
167 1442
     
Serviette
paper napkin
168 1441
     
Pissed off
annoyed, angry, upset
169 1439
     
Happy as larry
very happy
170 1438
     
Entree
appetizer, hors d'oeurve
171 1436
     
Flat
apartment, name for rental accomodation that is shared
172 1435
     
North Cape to the Bluff
from one end of New Zealand to the other
173 1432
     
Cuppa
cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
174 1431
     
Ding
small dent in vehicle
175 1430
     
Long drop
outdoor toilet, hole in ground
176 1430
     
Sheila
slang for woman/female
177 1429
     
Twink
white-out
178 1428
     
Chunder
vomit, throw up
179 1427
     
Nappy
diaper
180 1424
     
Panel Beater
auto repair shop, panel shop
181 1422
     
Shoot through
to leave suddenly
182 1421
     
Rark up
telling somebody off
183 1420
     
Hard yakka
hard work
184 1419
     
Plonk
cheap liquor, cheap wine
185 1417
     
Dole
unemployment benefit
186 1416
     
Pack a sad
bad mood, ill-humoured, broken, as in "she packed a sad"
187 1416
     
Cardi
cardigan
188 1411
     
Kick the Bucket
die
189 1411
     
Naff off
go away, get lost. leave me alone
190 1411
     
Randy
horny, wanting sex
191 1411
     
L&P
fizzy soda water
192 1407
     
Chocka
full, overflowing
193 1406
     
Scarce as hens teeth
very scarce, rare
194 1406
     
Take-aways
food to be taken away and eaten, fast food outlet
195 1404
     
Chuddy
chewing gum
196 1402
     
Going bush
take a break, become reclusive
197 1402
     
Piker
someone who gives up easy, slacker
198 1402
     
Cuz
cousin, family
199 1401
     
Quack
Medical doctor
200 1399
     
Judder Bar
speed bump
201 1397
     
Wop-wops
situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
202 1397
     
Petrol
gasoline, gas
203 1395
     
Good as gold
feeling good, not a problem, yes
204 1394
     
Postal code
zip code
205 1393
     
Tiki tour
scenic route, take the long route
206 1393
     
Oldies
parents
207 1392
     
Gumboots or gummies
rubber boots, wellingtons
208 1391
     
G'day
universal kiwi greeting, also spelled gidday
209 1389
     
Pakeha
non maori person
210 1383
     
Piece-of-piss
easy,not hard to do, as in "didnt take me long to do, was a piece of piss"
211 1381
     
Perve
to stare
212 1379
     
Wally
Clown, silly person
213 1378
     
Footie
rugby union or league, as in 'going to watch the footie'
214 1377
     
Togs
swimsuit, bathing costume
215 1377
     
Kiwifruit
brown furry skinned friut, zespri, chinese gooseberry
216 1376
     
Steinie
bottle od Steinlager, brand lager
217 1376
     
Scarfie
university student
218 1369
     
Wobbly
to have a tantrum
219 1369
     
Shout
to treat. to buy somthing for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
220 1367
     
Mate
buddy
221 1366
     
Torch
flashlight
222 1363
     
Whinge
complain, moan
223 1363
     
Chrissy pressies
christmas presents
224 1362
     
pudding
dessert
225 1360
     
Pav
pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
226 1359
     
Drop your gear
take your clothes off, get undressed
227 1354
     
Main
primary dish of a meal
228 1351
     
Snarler
sausage
229 1351
     
Old Bomb
old car
230 1350
     
Lolly
Candy
231 1349
     
Flicks
movies, picture theatre
232 1348
     
Ute
small pick up truck
233 1346
     
Flannel
wash cloth, face cloth
234 1340
     
Cheers
thanks
235 1338
     
Fizzy drink
soda pop
236 1320
     
Knuckle sandwhich
a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth
237 1296
     
On the Rott
Getting drunk, drinking alcahol
238 1289
     
Veges
Vegetables
239 1287
     
Knock back a couple of bevvies
Have a few drinks; drink a couple of beers
240 1208
     
Out of two, I'd give her one
She's beautiful
241 1119
     
like pushing shit up hill with a pointy stick
getting no where
242 1109
     
HOOK US UP BRO!
Pay for our feed and i will be your mate(eg brother,mate or cousin).
243 1101
     
Good on ya mate!
Thanks, nice one.
244 1085
     
She'll be right
Everything will be okay, not a problem
245 1081
     
Arse about face
Back to front
246 1076
     
crash hot
excellent
247 1068
     
as dry as a woodpeckers fart
ready for a beer
248 1063
     
choice
brilliant, awesome, or just really good.
249 1063
     
as cold as a witches tit
pretty cold
250 1058
     
yarn
a tall tale, or a good story
251 1057
     
Cold as a Frog's Tit
its cold
252 1047
     
Before your time
Well before you were born mate
253 1044
     
Shraps
Money made up of coins.
254 1035
     
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 1033
     
Gurb
Food
256 1020
     
Off like a trailer full of prawns on a summers day
I'm leaving
257 1012
     
Maori safety shoes
Jandals
258 1011
     
Cooked your goose
Gone to far - really in trouble
259 1008
     
Off Like a Brides Nighty...
I'm leaving
260 1008
     
In the Rick
Naked, no clothes on
261 1001
     
Were you born in a tent?
Unfamiliar with the concept of closing a door behind you.
262 1001
     
Home and hosed
Safe, completed
263 996
     
Hubby
Partner
264 995
     
box of fluffy ducks
going well, feeling great
265 994
     
Dag
someone who is a hard case, humorous, or funny
266 994
     
Rough as guts
Unpolished
267 991
     
Yonks
A long time
268 991
     
Better get some MOTION POTION
The car needs some gas
269 990
     
She'll be right
Everything will be fine
270 987
     
cheap skate
person who always buys the cheaper product
271 986
     
Dragged through a prickle bush backwards
Messed up clothes, especially after a big night on the piss
272 986
     
hook-ups
getting things discount through a mate, or a mate of a mate, or a mate of a mate of a mate
273 983
     
There and back too see how far it is.
An answer to "where are you going"
274 981
     
Jack up
To organise
275 980
     
Charge like a wounded bull.
Charge an outrageous price.
276 979
     
Get off the grass
Disbelief, similar to "Your pulling my leg?"
277 977
     
sprogs
another name for your kids
278 977
     
Use you head for more than a hat-peg!
Think about it... ie, use your brain!
279 977
     
Bugger
Nice way of saying "Oh Shit" or worse
280 975
     
The Ware Whare (wari fari)
The Warehouse. Where everyone gets a bargain
281 974
     
A few raspberries short of a punnet
Not that bright
282 972
     
Mountain Oysters
Lambs Balls-tasty treat
283 968
     
Going at it like a one legged ass kicker
Working hard
284 960
     
tickle ya fancy
make you laugh
285 960
     
Kickin up a stink
To lose your temper
286 959
     
Lift doesnt go to top floor
Not the full quid
287 956
     
Slops
A kind of drink-mostly referred to beer
288 955
     
Spill
Tell all
289 955
     
A Crate
a container for six Flagons, or 1/2 Gallon jars
290 951
     
Knickers in a twist
Upset or angry
291 947
     
as dry as an Abo's armpit
Thirsty
292 942
     
1/2 Gallon Jar
For beer
293 938
     
tight arse
person who holds on to their money and doesnt want to spend, pay or shout anybody
294 935
     
kumara
referred to a person who makes a mistake or does something stupid
295 934
     
Loopy
tourist/holiday maker from overseas
296 931
     
too much
really good
297 931
     
Pea Pie&Pud
A pie with pea's and potatoe.
298 929
     
kissed as a piwi
that drunk you cant even get your words write.
299 919
     
Dont give a fiddlers fart
Dont care
300 916
     
Hard yakka
Hard work
301 914
     
Thunder Box
Outside Toilet
302 913
     
Back in a tick
Will be back soon
303 910
     
Flagon
drinking beer out of
304 909
     
Guts for garters
In big trouble
305 898
     
smoko
Afternoon or morning tea
306 896
     
crickey dick
Expression of suprise
307 893
     
Shiting through the eye of a needle
The runs
308 892
     
Guts full of arms and legs
Pregnant lady
309 886
     
Gut luggage
Food to go
310 885
     
Second mouse get the cheese
Early bird catches the worm, 2nd mouse get the cheese.( Sometimes a bit of patience is better)
311 872
     
As cheap as chips
cost bugger all or nothing
312 864
     
Cut some shapes on the D floor
313 816
     
Wigwam for a goose's bridle
Useless item [why would a goose need a bridle, let alone a wigwam to keep it in?]
314 768
     
Mystery pack
Competitors pie with dubious contents.
315 761
     
Kotunga
Replacement car aerial fasioned from wire hanger
316 740
     
Brown Eye
Flash your bottom
317 679
     
Mutton Tastier Than Lamb Everytime