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New Zealand slang | SIT Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand

Why don't you go flat out, sit down with a cuppa and take a squiz at our mean as list of Kiwi slang…

 

Every society develops its own phrases and ways of expressing things and New Zealand is no exception.  We thought we would help you get a head start with some of our more colloquial expressions you may come across.

  

Awesome

Fine, excellent

Bach

A holiday home (also known as a crib in the South Island)

Barbie

Barbecue (also written as BBQ) - food cooked outside over a charcoal or gas fire

Beaut, beauty

Something good or outstanding. Often used ironically to mean the opposite

Bro

Term of address for a male friend or relative

Bright as a button

Looking fresh, alert

Bright spark

Intelligent, alert, attentive, awake

Bring a plate

Everyone brings food to share. Don't bring an empty plate.

Bush

New Zealand's native forest

Bushed, had it

Exhausted

BYO

Bring Your Own. A BYO restaurant is a restaurant that allows customers to bring their own wine to drink with their meal.

Chocka

Full

Choice

Fine, excellent

Clean as a whistle

Sparkling clean

Clown

Term of abuse, idiot

Crook

To be ill or unwell. Also means a thief

Cuz

Term of address for friend or relative

Dag

An amusing person, a character

Dork

An idiot or a physically uncoordinated person

Dough

Money

Drive around the bend

Annoy so much you lose your temper

Drongo

A term of abuse, idiot

Dude

A cool or good looking male

Feed

A meal

Flat tack

At top speed

Foxy, fox

Used to describe a cool or good looking person of either sex

Fully

I agree

G'dday

Greeting meaning hello

Got the blues

Used to describe a sad state of mind

Greenie

A conservationist

Gumboots

Waterproof rubber boots (called Wellingtons in Britain)

Grog

Alcohol

Grouse

Fine, excellent, often used to express delight

Hard case

A tough but likeable person, an eccentric person

Hard graft

Hard work

Head over heels

Usually describing somebody who is very very happy

Heart of gold

Describing a person who is very kind

Hook up

Meet up or join in

Hoon

A noisy person, a lout

In a spin

Usually when too many things happen all at one time or too many choices

Jandals

Rubber sandals or thongs (called flip flops in Britain)

Joker

A man

Kiwi

New Zealand native bird symbol. New Zealander

Lolly

The usual word for a confection or sweet

Mate

A friend, also a term of address

Mission

An adventure

Mongrel

A term of abuse or contempt for a person

Munted

To be broken or distorted

Narley

Cool, good

Nerd

A boring person

Nifty

Good (applied to a thing)

No worries

Common phrase of agreement

On to it

Efficient or intelligent

On a high

A good feeling that can come from success

Once in a blue moon

Very rarely, seldom, almost never

Paddock

A field, also a sports pitch

Paint the town red

To go out and have a good time

Piker

Someone who opts out of an activity

Pop on over/ pop in

Come and visit me at my house

Potluck dinner

Everyone brings prepared food to share with all the guests

Pressie

A present (gift)

Pub

A bar where alcoholic drinks are served over the counter

Rapt

Very pleased

Rellie

A relation or relative

Rough ride

A difficult experience

She'll be right

Everything is going to be OK

Shocking

Very bad

Shout

To treat your friends to something such as a drink or a meal

Skite

To boast. A boaster or show-off

Smoko

Coffee or tea break

Snowed under

Usually has too much work or responsibility

Spuds

Potatoes

Sticks

Remote or rural district, the countryside

Stinge/Stingy

Not generous with your money

Stoked

Very excited

Sweet as

Great

Swot

Study hard, especially before an exam

Ta

Thanks

To take for a ride

To deceive or trick someone

Togs

Swimming costume

Tucker

Food

Turn to custard

Collapse of ideas, schemes, plans

Unc/Unco

An uncoordinated person, often used as an insult or taunt

Under the weather

Feeling off colour, unwell, tired

Uni

University

Varsity

University

Veggies

Vegetables

Wicked

Fine, excellent

Wop-wops

Remote or rural district, the countryside

 

Check out www.newzealandslang.com for more examples of common New Zealand expressions. 




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