The Top Kiwi Slang Words That Confuse The Entire World

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Every country has its own slang language and New Zealand is no exception. It’s so bad that it could be considered some of the most confusing. 

If you can get over the KiwiNZ’s national bird. accent and what we really mean when we ask for a pen, six or call someone Ben. You will notice that New Zealand has its own set of very unique slang. You will find a lot of strange words from ChurThanks bro!, Stoked or even ChookAn old Hen (female chicken), often referred to older females... More. It’s hard being the new kid on the block so we have created this list of the top Slang Word’s you will find in New Zealand.

Once you have become familiar with this list, you will be a true KiwiNZ’s national bird. in no time.

This list has been updated, be aware … This post started off as a simple list of 34 words and now we have 110! Please understand that some racial terms have been added. We considered not including these however, it is in your best interest to know these words to avoid offending anyone.

Have we missed any? Please send us your top slang words in the comments below.

  1. Ay?Just like saying “aye”, but with a rise at the end. Kiwi... More: Just like saying “aye”, but with a rise at the end. Kiwis are a very unsure bunch and this really means… Are you sure that’s okay?
  2. Bach(pronounced batch) is a holiday home, normally near a lake, ... More: (pronounced batch) is a holiday home, normally near a lake, beach or river.
  3. Beached asBeen to the beach for a long time and suffering from sunburn... More: Been to the beach for a long time and suffering from sunburn.
  4. BeautAwesome, or that something is amazing!: Awesome, or that something is amazing!
  5. BenchIn UK it’s a work top.: In UK it’s a work top.
  6. BillyA kettle, came from the old camping billy.: A kettle, came from the old camping billyA kettle, came from the old camping billy..
  7. BlokeA man.: A man.
  8. Boot as in boot of car: In the states its known as a trunk.
  9. Bottle shopIn UK it’s off licence or offie.: In UK it’s off licence or offie.
  10. Box of fluffy ducks or a box of fluffies: Used when something is working well or going your way.
  11. Chilly binPronounced “Chilly bun”, to the rest of the world this i... More: Pronounced “Chilly bun” or to the rest of the world this is an esky or cooler.
  12. ChockaSomething that is full.: Something that is full.
  13. ChoiceUsed to describe something as being awesome or great.: Used to describe something as being awesome or great.
  14. ChookAn old Hen (female chicken), often referred to older females... More: An old Hen (female chicken), often referred to older females who you dislike.
  15. ChurThanks bro!: Thanks bro!
  16. CiggyDurrie.: Durrie.
  17. CribAlso commonly used around the world, but in NZ this is anoth... More: Also commonly used around the world, but in NZ this is another word for Bach(pronounced batch) is a holiday home, normally near a lake, ... More aka holiday home.
  18. Crook: When talking about oneself: unwell, but if you’re talking about another, usually means a criminal or a bank robber. Another interchangeable one that confuses the world.
  19. Curry Muncher: Bit of a racist term used for people who like Currie… or from India.
  20. CuzzieAnother way of saying cousin, but can be used for your frien... More: Another way of saying cousin, but can be used for your friends… No one really knows what this means any more.
  21. DairyYour local corner store, much like a newsagent or milk bar.: Your local corner store, much like a newsagent or milk bar.
  22. Dodgy: Unsafe or not trustworthy.
  23. Doggie bag: When you ordered too much and you’re too cheap to let good food go to waste, this is when you ask for a doggie bag to take the leftovers home.
  24. Dunny: A toilet or lavatory.
  25. Durex: Commonly considered a condom in the rest of the world, but for some reason in NZ this means Sellotape.
  26. Durrie: A ciggie, or cigarette.
  27. Eftpos: Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale. It’s that machine you swipe your ATM card on when you buy something.
  28. Eh?: Sorry what do you mean? Pardon?
  29. Far out or Far bro: Used in conversation as “oh really” or “wow man”.
  30. Felts: Textures, Markers.
  31. Fizzy: Meaning soft drink or soda.
  32. Flannel: A cloth used to wash your face.
  33. Garage: A Service station, a place where you take your car and pay for someone else’s kids to go through university.
  34. Giz: Give me, or please pass me something.
  35. Gone owl: Means what are you doing?
  36. Grouse: Awesome, wonderful, the best or amazing.
  37. Gruts: Underwear.
  38. G-string: Ladies underwear also known as thongs.
  39. Gumboots: Same as your wellingtons or rubber boots used on a farm.
  40. Guz-a-look: Hey bro, guz a look? When we really want to see something.
  41. Half Pai: A job done poorly.
  42. Hard case: Someone with a great sense of humour, funny person.
  43. Hash browns: Grated potato patties, not made from drugs!
  44. Heaps: A lot of something, or too much of something.
  45. Hokey pokey: A type of toffee, often used in ice cream.
  46. Hori: Pronounced Whorey, something that is farked, old or gross.
  47. Hot chips: Literally deep fried hot potato chips served with Tomato sauce (Ketchup).
  48. HungusWhen you’re hungry as for a feed.When you’re hungry as for a feed.
  49. JafaJust Another Fuc***g Aucklander. You will find that the rest... More: Just Another Fuc***g Aucklander. You will find that the rest of the country is jealous of our biggest city… No one really knows why.
  50. JandalsFlip flops or thongs, definitely not roman sandals.: Flip flops or thongs, definitely not roman sandals.
  51. JerseyCommonly worn around the world, this is usually a warm jumpe... More: Common around the world, usually a warm jumper.
  52. JokerSame as bloke, a kiwi male.: Same as blokeA man., a kiwiNZ’s national bird. male.
  53. Judder barA speed hump which is used for slowing down fast cars.: A speed hump which is used for slowing down fast cars.
  54. Kaithe Maori word for food.: Maori word for food.
  55. KiwiNZ’s national bird.: Our National Bird.
  56. Kiwi FruitA fruit that you eat. Nothing to do with the bird.: A fruit that you eat.
  57. KnackeredTotally exhausted, usually from some form of physical activi... More: Totally exhausted, usually from some form of physical activity till you can’t move and have to resort to MaccasA term also commonly used in neighbouring Australia, this is... More and TV for the afternoon.
  58. Lollyaka Candy, or a sweet.: AKA Candy or sweets.
  59. MaccasA term also commonly used in neighbouring Australia, this is... More: Commonly used in Australia as well, another name for Mc Donalds.
  60. Maori JobConsidered racial, same as Half Pai.: Considered racial, same as Half Pai.
  61. Mean: That’s awesome!
  62. MozzieA word for Maori’s in Australia (Comb. “Maori” + “Oz... More: Another word for Maori’s in Ozzie, but really it’s a type of sand fly.
  63. MungerFood.: Food.
  64. MuntedBuggered, or something that’s broken.: Buggered or something that’s broken.
  65. MuppetOriginally used in the UK, now also commonly used in NZ when... More: Originally used in the UK but commonly used in NZ as well. Used when someone does or says something idiotic. Can  also describe a person who is idiotic or hopeless in general.
  66. Nah, yeahYea mate.: Yea mate.
  67. Pineapple LumpsChocolate covered pineapple candy.: Chocolate covered pineapple candy.
  68. Puka ru owNot working bro.: Not working bro.
  69. PukuMaori word for stomach or tummy.: Maori word for stomach or tummy.
  70. RangiThat’s farked.: That’s farked.
  71. RipperTerrific or fantastic.: Terrific or fantastic.
  72. RootSex, one of New Zealands favorite past times. Did you know? ... More: Sex, one of New Zealands favorite past times. Did you know? KiwiNZ’s national bird. women are the most promiscuous in the world. New Zealand women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners, the global average is only 7.3…  Us Kiwis have more than the global average every year 😛
  73. Rust BucketA Piece of S**t car, aka a Ford Escort.: APiece of S**t car, AKA a Ford Escort.
  74. ScodeySomething that’s rotten or gross.: Something that’s rotten or gross.
  75. Scroggin: Pretty much the same as Trail Mix, except you must not forget the Pineapple LumpsChocolate covered pineapple candy..
  76. Scull: When alcohol is around, it means drink your entire vessel of beer/wine as fast as you can.
  77. ShameUsed when someone is witnessed doing or saying something emb... More: Used when someone is witnessed doing or saying something embarrassing, or when a story about something embarrassing happening to someone is heard.
  78. Shark and tattie: Fish and chips.
  79. She’ll be right: Its ok or not a problem.
  80. ShotThanks bro.: Thanks bro.
  81. SkuxLadies Man, or someone who is well dressed.: Ladies Man, or someone who is well dressed.
  82. SlashReally needing to go for a pee.: Really needing to go for a pee.
  83. SmokoA break, morning or afternoon tea.: A break, morning or afternoon tea.
  84. SolidThat’s really awesome!: That’s really awesome!
  85. SookA grown man who needs to harden up, as in "don't be such a s... More: A grown man who needs to harden up, as in “don’t be such a sook” – like a whimp or a baby.
  86. SpotsOr known as hot knives or bottle tokes. This is where two re... More: or known as hot knives or bottle tokes. This is where two red hot knives are heated on an oven top to incinerate a small ball of a weed to inhale through a bottle with the arse end removed.
  87. Squizz or lookseeChecking something out visibly, as in "give us a squizz".: Checking something out visibly as in “give us a squizz”.
  88. StokedHappy, pleased that something went well.: Happy, pleased that something went well.
  89. Sucked the kumaraSomething that’s extremely broken.: Something that’s extremely broken.
  90. Sunnies: Sunglasses.
  91. SwannieOften worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for fashion of ... More: Often worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for fashion of NZ. It’s just a checkered jerseyCommonly worn around the world, this is usually a warm jumpe... More with no style.
  92. Sweet asThat’s awesome, or cool.: That’s awesome, or cool.
  93. Ta: Sweet asThat’s awesome, or cool., or thank you I really appreciate what you have done.
  94. Takeaways: Fast foods ie: fish n chips.
  95. TakkaFood.: Food.
  96. Tiki tourGetting to your destination, the hard way or via the long ro... More: Getting to your destination, the hard way or via the long route.
  97. Togs: For use when you go swimming, call them your swimming gear or trunks. Just don’t go too far away from the beach.
  98. Tramping: Going on a hoke or day walk in the bush.
  99. Trolley: Commonly known as a shopping cart to the rest of the world.
  100. Twink: Correction fluid, white out or liquid paper.
  101. Undies: See Gruts:
  102. Up the boohai, or boowaiSomething lost or gone awry.: Something lost or gone awry.
  103. Varsity: University or an overpriced school that teaches information that is outdated by the time you leave.
  104. Vivid: Permanent marker.
  105. Wee: Could be considered small or insignificant.
  106. Westie: A person who lives in West Auckland… Often seen to be wearing singlets and sporting a mullet.
  107. What owlMeans what did you say?: Means what did you say?
  108. Wop wopsSomewhere that is literally in the middle of nowhere, just l... More: Somewhere that is literally in the middle of nowhere, just like Palmerston North or Gore.
  109. Yeah Right: In conversation with someone and having doubt of what they are saying.
  110. Yeah, nah: Could be yes, could be no. If spoken, be very wary of this one, nobody really knows the answer to this one.

Have we missed any? Please let us know in the comments below.