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New Zealand slang can be quite hard to understand especially on top of our fast and harsh sounding accent.
This slang can be found just about anywhere, even in the likes of fancy restaurants and hotels.
Here’s a complete guide on New Zealand slang and how to use it! It may look complicated but trust me once you get the hang of it, it’s easy as bro.
Let’s talk like a Kiwi! Here are some New Zealand slang words!
1. Eh – “It was cloudy this morning eh?”
This is one of the classic New Zealand slang words is one that can be added onto just about every sentence you can think of.
2. Yeah nah – “Do you want a vanilla ice cream? “Yeah nah, I’ll be right.”
Kiwis say this when they are a little indecisive on what the heck they are trying to say.
3. Bugger all – “How much money you got? Bugger all.”
This is used when you have nothing left.
4. Bugger – *Something goes wrong* “Bugger!”
You can use bugger when something goes wrong. It’s mostly heard on a farm. It’s basically a NZ curse word.
5. Chur – “Here’s a drink” “Chur”
This word can be slapped around in many different ways. Sometimes it’s attached to another word or used by itself. It can mean sweet, awesome, yeah, good, cool, cheers.
6. Bro & cuz – “Chur cuz” or “How’s it going bro?”
Basically means the same thing and rarely referring to an actual brother or cousin.
7. The wops – “He lives out in the wops”
A place in the middle of nowhere or far from anything.
8. Carked it – “Did you know Jimmy carked it the other day?” or “The car carked it”
This is a little depressing, but it is usually used when something or someone dies.
9. Munted – “That guy is munted as” or “I crashed my car and it’s munted”
This word has two meanings: when something is broken or when someone is drunk.
10. Chocka – “Have you had enough to eat?” “Yeah, I’m chocka block” or “Can you fit this into your car?” “Nah, it’s chocka”
Sometimes used with the word ‘block’ at the end. It can mean when something or someone is full.
11. Sus – “He looks a bit sus” or “That’s a bit sus”
When a situation or someone is particularly suspicious.
12. Piece of piss – “Can you build this Lego man for me? “Yeah, it’s a piece of piss”
This basically means when something is easy.
13. She’ll be right – “Are the sausages burning?” “Nah, she’ll be right”
When something is going to be okay or alright. This is one of my favourite New Zealand slang sayings.
14. Taking the piss – “Can you work for a few more hours?” “You’re taking the piss mate”
If you’re being unreasonable then this is usually what you will hear.
15. Piss/ Piss up – “Can you grab the piss out of the Ute?” or “I’m just going to go take a piss” or “Let’s have a piss-up”
Piss usually referring to either alcohol or urine. The word piss-up refers to a party.
16. Stink one – “Did you grab me a pie?” “No” “Aw stink one ”
Uh oh. This means you have just disappointed someone.
17. Keen – “Do you wanna go to the pools bro?” “Keen”
Used when someone is enthusiastic about something.
18. Jandals – “Don’t wear sneakers, wear your jandals”
In other words flip flops, thongs (Australian) or sandals. Not only are they used for wearing purposes but also used as a weapon if someone has been a dick.
19. Skux – “You look skux today” “Thanks bro”
This word has many meanings. The most popular is when someone looks cool or trendy. Sometimes it can be that a person is looking hot.
20. Nek minute – “I was at the dairy, nek minute”
A true New Zealand icon is this guy. He created this famous video which has now had over 3 million views. So nek minute basically means ‘next minute’.
21. Mare – “I’m having a mare today”
This means you’re having a difficult time.
22. Pack a sad – “That kid is packing a sad”.
Whatever you do don’t do this. Packing a sad means you’re basically having a tantrum.
23. Gumboots – Chuck on your gumboots and let’s go on the farm”
Also known as wellingtons or rubber boots. As a kid, one of my favourite songs of all time was the gumboot song!
24. Beached as – “I can’t get off my bed, I’m beached as bro!”
Referring to the cartoon where a whale is stuck on the beach, it means when you’re stuck somewhere.
25. Maaaate – “I forgot to buy you a bag of chips” “Aw maaaaate”
This has to be said which an extended middle of course but the normal word is just mate. You would use this if you’re a little bit disappointed.
26. Choice – “I got you a pie” “Choice bro!”
Choice means awesome, cool, great, thanks.
27. Dag – “Linda is a dag”
Dag in this sentence doesn’t mean a piece of old poo hanging from a sheep bum. In this case, it means that something or someone is funny.
28. Hard case – “Oh Sharon, she’s a hard case!”
Hard case is another name for a person who is witty.
29. Hard out / hard – “Karen is so annoying” “Hard out bro”
Hard/hard out is used when you agree with someone.
Looking for a good insult?
30. Egg – “You’re an egg” or “You’re a rotten egg”
You will probably need to watch the movie ‘Boy’ to appreciate how to say this word in many different forms. It’s used as an insult toward someone.
31. Good as gold – “Everything is good as gold”.
Means everything is great, sweet, perfect or going great. One of the classic New Zealand slang words!
32. Bloody – “That was a bloody great night out, wasn’t it?”
I didn’t realise how much us Kiwis use this. Bloody is put into any old sentence.
33. Tu meke / too much – “I got you a pie” “Too much bro”
Tu meke is a Maori for too much. It’s not used as you might have thought. It means awesome or good job.
34. Yarn – “Stop spinning a yarn” or “That was a good yarn”
Yarn is another meaning for a story or talking bull.
Heading to a party?
35. Skull – “Skull it now!”
In other countries, you probably yell “drink” instead of skull when someone is downing a drink. In New Zealand, we yell “skull, skull, skull”. So if you hear someone yelling that in a bar, don’t worry they haven’t just found a dead body.
36. Chilly bin – “The drinks are in the chilly bin bro!”
This is a bin where you keep your drinks called. Also known as a cooler bin or in Australia it’s an esky.
37. Hungus – “Stop being a hungus!”
This refers to someone who loves food a lot.
38. Gizza – “Can you gizza drink bro?”
This word is short for ‘give me’.
39. No worries – “Thanks for that!” “No worries cuz”
This means no problem! If someone helps you and you say thank you they will usually reply ‘no worries’.
40. Not even ow – “Jack went to Jail” “Not even ow”
I’m not sure I can really translate this meaning as it simply what it says. You might use this term if you are a bit surprised. ‘Ow’ is a term for you or someone. It can be added to just about any sentence and make sense to a Kiwi.
41. Yeah right – “Johns got a girlfriend” “Yeah right!”
A classic NZ saying that is apparent on Tui billboards. You can say this to someone if you don’t really believe what they are saying (Tui is an NZ beer). This is one of the New Zealand slang words you will hear a lot!
42. Bowl round – “I’m going to bowl round to your house” “Chur”.
It literally has nothing to do with Bowls being round, in true Kiwi style. It means when someone is coming around to visit.
43. Long drop – “Just got to go use the longdrop”
A long drop is a Kiwi term for an outhouse or an outside toilet with no flushing system. Commonly found in campgrounds and out in the wops.
44. Heaps – “I have heaps of piss bro!”
New Zealanders use this word like it’s going out of fashion. Heaps means lots.
45. Togs – “I’m just gonna go get my togs on”
This is one I always get funny looks for. When a Kiwi refers to togs they mean swimming costume, swimmers or bathing costume.
46. All good – “I forgot to wear pants today” “That’s all good bro, I understand.”
Basically means what it says. You would use this if something is all good or it can mean that’s okay too.
47. Mean as – “I got this lollipop for free!” “That’s mean as!”
This means sweet, great, cool. Refers to something being awesome.
48. Crack up –“ I got a fine for stealing a piece of grass off my neighbour’s lawn” “That’s a crack up!”
Instead of saying that is funny you could just use the iconic New Zealand slang words ‘crack up’.
49. Straight up – “Are you being straight up?”
This word can actually mean two things. Either you’re telling the truth (being straight up) or you’re agreeing with someone like you would say “absolutely”.
50. Wanna hiding – “Wanna hiding bro?!”
Whatever you do if someone comes up to you on the street and asks this, it does NOT mean they want to play hide and go seek, it means they want to know if you want to fight them.
51. Crash here – “You can crash here if you have been drinking bro”
This shouldn’t be taken literally. There’s no need to crash your car when someone demands you to. Crash here means stay or sleep here.
52. Squizz – . “Can I have a squizz at your new kitchen?”
A very odd word in a Kiwis vocabulary I have to agree! This means to have a quick look.
53. Ta – “Here’s a sandwich” “Ta”
It simply means thanks.
54. Pakaru – “Mum, the TV is Pakaru!”
Another Maori word which is often used when something is broken.
55. Stubbies – “Chuck your stubbies on, we’re heading to the beach for a day out!”
One of my favourite words is stubbies! It’s another word for short shorts and they’re usually especially hard on the eye if men wear them.
56. Gidday – “Gidday mate, how ya going?”
This is a classic New Zealand word used just like hello or good day.
As long as you have those words sorted you can start talking like the locals! Just don’t ask them to say the sentence ‘my deck is very slippery’. You may get a hiding. Tell me below what is your favourite New Zealand slang words.
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