Speak like a Kiwi

Dictionary of Kiwi Terms and Expressions

Kia Ora (hello)

Anyone coming to NZ will be challenged with the fast, quiet speech of Kiwis (the people, not the bird) but to help you through your period of adjustment, we’ll provide some of the more used Kiwi-isms – words and expressions.

[vc_table vc_table_theme=”classic_green” allow_html=”1″]Kiwi-ism,Translation|Arvo,afternoon|Cardi,a%20cardigan%2C%20a%20button%20up%20sweater%2F|Choice,that’s%20good|Cheers,thanks|Chook,Chicken|Bangers,sausages|Barbie,a%20barbeque|Bloke,a%20man|Crook,angry%20or%20sick|Cruisy,easy%2C%20relaxed|Cuppa,a%20cup%20of%20tea|Dag,a%20person%20who%20is%20funny%3B%20a%20comedian%20(of%20course%2C%20its%20also%20something%20that%20hangs%20off%20the%20back%20end%20of%20a%20sheep)|Dear,expensive|Dodgy,untrustworthy%2C%20not%20good|Driza-bone,a%20type%20of%20long%2C%20heavy%20raincoat%20(%3D%20as%20dry%20as%20a%20bone)|Dunny,outside%20toilet%20over%20a%20dug%20hole%20(outhouse)|Footpath,a%20pavement%20or%20sidewalk%3B%20as%20in%20area%20where%20walkers%20are%20most%20likely%20(but%20not%20always)%20safe%20from%20Kiwi%20drivers|Hardcase,a%20tough%20but%20likeable%20person|Hard%20yakka,hard%20work%2C%20usually%20physical%20work|Jandals,rubber%20sandals%20(aka%20flipflops%20in%20the%20US%20and%20UK%20and%20thongs%20in%20AU)|Judder%20bars,speed%20bumps%20on%20the%20road|Jug,kettle|Knackered,exhausted|Long%20drop,outside%20toilet%20built%20over%20a%20hole%20in%20the%20ground|Loo,toilet|Munted,broken|Naff,not%20good%2C%20silly|Nosh,food|Paddock,field|Pav%2FPavlova,a%20very%20sweet%20dessert%20over%20which%20both%20New%20Zealand%20and%20Australia%20%20%20%20%20fight%20for%20bragging%20rights|Piss,alcohol%20or%20to%20be%20pissed%20is%20drunk%20(has%20a%20different%20meaning%20in%20North%20%20America|Rellies,relatives%20(family)|Sarnie,sandwich|Shout,pay%20for%20someone%20else%20as%20a%20treat%20(as%20%E2%80%9CIts%20your%20birthday%20so%20you%20have%20to%20should%20tea%E2%80%9D)|Skite,boast|Snarlers%2FSnags%20%20%20,sausages%20(also%20see%20bangers)|Sprog,child|Spagbol,Spaghetti%20Bolognaise%2C%20a%20popular%20very%20basic%20rendition%20of%20the%20Italian%20pasta%20dish|Specs,spectacles%2C%20glasses|Stoked,very%20pleased|Swan-dri%20or%20%E2%80%98Swannee%E2%80%99%20%20,type%20of%20woollen%20shirt|Sweet%20as,that’s%20fine%3B%20good|Ta,thanks|Tea,a%20drink%20with%20jam%20and%20bread%2C%20a%20break%20at%2010am%20and%203pm%20with%20tea%2C%20coffee%20and%2For%20a%20like%20snack%2C%20and%20also%20refers%20to%20dinner|Togs,swimsuit%2C%20clothes%20worn%20when%20swimming|Tucker,food|Wops-wops,a%20remote%20area[/vc_table]

[vc_table vc_table_theme=”classic_green”]Saying,which%20means…|Flat%20out,very%20busy|Full%20On,demanding%20of%20attention%2Faction|God%20smacked,very%20surprised|No%208%20Wire,symbolic%20expression%20for%20the%20Kiwi%20attitude%20of%20being%20able%20to%20fix%20or%20make%20anything%20using%20the%20simplest%20methods%20and%20materials)|No%20worries,I%E2%80%99m%20not%20worried%20about%20it%20so%20you%20don%E2%80%99t%20have%20to%20worry%20either|Sing%20out,ask%20e.g.%20Sing%20out%20if%20you%20want%20help|She%20be%20right,renowned%20Kiwi%20expression%3E%20the%20result%20will%20be%20good%20even%20though%20it%20is%20not%20clear%20how|Stunned%20Mullet,very%20surprised%20(a%20mullet%20is%20a%20seabird%20that%20sometimes%20gets%20tapped%20by%20a%20passing%20boat%20and%20stunned)|Take%20the%20piss,joke%20or%20fib%20(see%20%E2%80%98wind%20someone%20up%E2%80%99|Telling%20Porkies,lying%20(not%20serious%20ones)|Throw%20a%20wobbly%2Ftanty,get%20upset%20(have%20a%20hissy%20fit%E2%80%99%20see%20above)|Toss%20your%20toys%20,get%20upset|Turn%20pear%20shaped,go%20wrong%2C%20experience%20unexpected%20problems[/vc_table]

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