10 May 2012

Kiwi Slang

Somebody asked you to "chuck it in the bin" and you didn't know what to do?  Fear not, here's a guide to Kiwi slang!  It's quite a long list though so grab a cuppa.


  • Across the Ditch – across the Tasman Sea 
  • Accelerator – gas pedal in the car 
  • Aerial topdressing – spreading of fertilizer from a aircraft 
  • Afghan - chocolate flavored biscuit, usually made from cornflakes, covered in chocolate icing 
  • Agee jar – essential glass jar used for preserving foods 
  • Agro – aggravated, aggressive 
  • All Black – New Zealand national rugby team 
  • Ankle biter – small child, toddler 
  • Anti–clockwise – counter–clockwise 
  • ANZAC – Australia New Zealand Army Corps during WWI 
  • ANZAC Day – public holiday and national day of remembrance of military personal fallen in war and conflicts 
  • ANZAC Biscuit – cookie made from rolled oats and coconut as care packages to the ANZAC soldiers Aotearoa – most widely known and accepted Maori name for New Zealand, translated as “Land of the Long White Cloud” Armed Offenders Squad– armed sector of the New Zealand Police 
  • Aroha – love (Maori origin) Away with the fairies – day dreaming 
  • Awesome – excellent 
  • Aussie – Australian 
  • Au – I don't know 
  • Aubergine – eggplant 




  • Bach – small holiday home or beach house 
  • Bags – expression of possession, used by children only 
  • Barbie – barbeque Bathroom – toilet, rest room 
  • Bang on – dead centre Bangers – sausages 
  • Beaut – good, great fun 
  • Beige brigade – New Zealand sport fans who identify themselves by wearing beige colors 
  • Belly buster – belly flop 
  • Bench – cooking counter 
  • Bickies – biscuits 
  • Big smoke – large city 
  • BIRO – a popular brand of ballpoint pen that has become a generic term 
  • Bit of a dag – person with a good sense of humor 
  • Blimin – swear word, close bloody 
  • Bloke – a man 
  • Blow me down – an expression of surprise 
  • Bludge – to receive something for nothing 
  • Bluff oysters – oyster from the town of Bluff in the South Island of New Zealand; regarded as some of the best oysters in the world 
  • Bobby calves – new born cow between four and seven days old 
  • Boy racer – young man, with a fast car and a loud stereo 
  • Booking – reservation Boot – car trunk 
  • Bonnet – car trunk 
  • Bog – toilet 
  • Brekkie – breakfast 
  • Brit – person from Britain 
  • Brassed off – annoyed, disappointed 
  • Bright spark – an intelligent person 
  • Bubble and squeak – re–cooked leftovers 
  • Bubbly – sparkling wine 
  • Bugger all – very little 
  • Bugger – disappointed 
  • Bum bandit – homosexual male 
  • Bung – something broken or not working 
  • Bush – small forest, native trees 
  • Bush lawyer – an unqualified law adviser 
  • Bust a gut – make an intense effort 
  • Buzzy bee – popular toy which resembles a bee with rotating wings that move and make a clicking noise 
  • By jingoes – swearword 
  • B.Y.O. – certain license given to restaurants which allow customers to bring there own alcoholic beverage 


  • Cadge – to borrow something 
  • Candy floss – cotton candy 
  • Caravan – towable mobile home 
  • Cardy – woolen jersey 
  • Carked it – died 
  • Cervena – farmer deer meat, venison is the meat of a hunted deer 
  • Cheers – thanks, good bye
  • Chemist store – drug store 
  • Cheerio – cocktail sausages 
  • Chip – small box of berries 
  • Chilly bin – insulated cooler box 
  • Chips – deep fried potato slices, thicker than French fry 
  • Chippie – potatoes chip 
  • Chocolate fish – chocolate coated marshmallow candy fish 
  • Choice – expression of approval, great achivement 
  • Chook – chicken 
  • Choc–a–block – full, overflowing 
  • Ciggies – cigarettes 
  • College – high school 
  • Cordial – syrup that is diluted to make a fruit flavored drink 
  • Cot – babies crib 
  • Courgette – zucchini 
  • Cowspanker – farmer 
  • Crayfish – edible saltwater spiny lobster 
  • Crikey – swearword 
  • Crib – small holiday home (in South Island) 
  • Crook – feeling sick 
  • Cuz – friend, cousin 


*whew* this is quite a long list.  It actually came from a document that's being circulated by email, thought this is a great guide to have online.  But the rest will have to be done some other time, need my shuteye!


Although I must say, this is not the ultimate list because my sample phrase doesn't even come up here!  'Chuck' in the 'bin' means 'throw' in the 'trash can'.


Oh my, even 'cuppa' is not the list.  It is a contraction for 'cup of tea or coffee'.
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