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Kiwi
Dictionary

The terms, slang and expressions used in New Zealand are very similar to those used in Australia. However there are many words that are only known in New Zealand and used only by Kiwis. Below are just some  words and slang that are commonly used in NZ. 

Ads

 TV commercials, adverts

Arse

Butt

As good as gold

Not a problem; an affirmative answer – eg:  Q: "How did you go on your driving test?”  A: "Good as gold mate”

Bach

Small holiday home, pronounced "batch"

Barbie

Barbeque

Bloke

Usually a man, and often used when referring to a stranger. Eg: Who was that bloke?”

Bonnet

Car hood

Bob's your Uncle

Roughly translates to 'there ya go - that's all there is to it! E.g. “ Now all you have to do is press that button and bob is your uncle”

Boot

Car Trunk

Boxing day

26/12, the day after Christmas Day. This word comes from the custom which started in the Middle Ages around 800 years ago: churches would open their 'alms boxe' (boxes in which people had placed gifts of money) and distribute the contents to poor people in the neighbourhood on the day after Christmas. The tradition continues today.

Brekkie

Short for Breakfast

Brickie

Short for brick layer

Bugger off

Go away

Capsicum

Peppers as in Red peppers, green peppers.

Car park

Where you park you car.

Caravan e campervan

Trailer, mobile home

cheerio Good bye

Chips and Fish n' Chips

Fries; Fries with fried battered fish

Chemist

Pharmacy

Cheers

Thank you

Chilly bin

Sealable, usually polystyrene box, used to keep beer & food cold

Chippy

Builder or a carpenter

Chook

Chicken

Cornflour

Cornstarch

Crisps

Potato chips

Crook

Sick or unwell, eg. “Imp feeling a little bit crook today”

Cuppa

Short for Cup of tea or coffee eg. “do you want a cuppa?”

Dairy

Convenience or corner store selling milk, bread, papers, convenience foods and dairy produce

Ding

A small dent in a vehicle or surfboard.

Dole

What it’s called the unemployment benefit.

Dunny

Toilet, bathroom

Eh

Pronounced as you would the letter "a" and often used at the end of sentences when expecting a response to a statement – e.g. “The red dress is better eh?”

Flannel

Although it is a fabric, it is often referred as a wash cloth

Footpath

Sidewalk

Good on ya

Congratulations, well done

Gummies

Short for gumboots

Hokey Pokey

It’s a type of caramel or candy. NZ has the famous hockey pokey ice cream.

Hoons

Thugs. Usually associated with young adults, fast cars, loud stereos and alcohol

Jandals

Flip Flops

Jersey

Sweater – used when its just cold enough

Jumper

Woolen sweater – used when it is pretty cold.

Knickers

Underwear

Lift

Elevator

Lolly

Candy

Lorry

Truck

Motorway

Freeway

Main

Primary dish of a meal, eg. “ The main meal will be Fish with potatoes”

Nappy

Diaper

Netball

A game that is similar to basketball and predominately a woman’s sport.

Petrol

Gasoline

Piece of Cake

Something that is really easy “that test was a piece of cake”

Pissed

Drunk eg. Im so pissed right now”

Pissed off

Really angry. “ Im really pissed off”

Pony Tail

Hair tied at the back

Pram

Baby’s stroller

Push Bike

Bicycle

Quite nice

A term used when you can't really think of anything better to say, as in Q: “What do you think of my dress? “ A: “Its quite nice” but you often mean the opposite!

Root

To have sex  eg. “did you root that girl last night?”

Ring (me/you)

To call on the telephone eg. “Did you ring that boy?”

Rubbish

Garbage

Sickie

Used as an excuse to not go to work - as in "Throw a sickie" to take the day off work “for illness”, but more likely for a fun day!

Smoko

Break, rest period during work.

Sunnies

Short for sunglasses.

Stubby

Small bottle of beer.

Tea

Means tea as the drink tea, but it is also used as dinner -generic name for evening meal. Eg. “Mum what’s for tea tonight?”

Tea Towel

Dish cloth

Torch

Flash light

Tin or Tinned

Can, eg. Tin of baked beans.

Tip

Dump or recycling depot.

Whinge

Complain

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