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Thinking about my last year in New Zealand and all the new words that a ‘gaucho’ can learn, we decided to put some of them together for you, our dearest readers!

 

  • Kia Ora: Hi or Good luck! A Maori greeting now used widely by non-Maori as a mode of bicultural display.
  • Amber, the amber fluid: Beer
  • Arvo: Afternoon
  • Barbie: barbecue
  • Beautee: an exclamation of delight
  • Bend the elbow (or wet the elbow):  to have a few drinks
  • Binder : a solid meal
  • Brekky
  • Box of Birds: Fine, happy, going well!
  • Chews: Sweets, lollies
  • Choice: very good
  • Crack a fat: to achieve and erection
  • Chilly bin: A cooler bin, used for keeping drinks cold.
  • Dickhead: A Fool
  • Dinky-die: Truly, Certainly: ‘I did see a ghost, dinky-die!’
  • Drunk as a wheelbarrow: Unable to move without help
  • Dunny: a toilet, bathroom, privy.
  • Earbash: To talk incessantly
  • Ehoa: Mate, Friend
  • Flicks: Movies, Pictures
  • Flog: To steal
  • Full as a bull: Very Drunk
  • Gate: mouth, ‘Shut ya gate!`
  • Good on you: Said to encourage
  • Grot:  A toilet
  • Grouse: Fine, excellent
  • Good as gold: A good job well done; not a problem; an affirmative answer.
  • Happy as Larry: Very Happy
  • Hooray:  A Kiwi farewell
  • Hot chips: French fries
  • Kai: Maori word for food
  • Littlie: An infant child
  • Lolly: A sweet
  • Mad as a meat-axe: Very angry or crazy
  • Mean: Really amazing or awesome.
  • Narked: Annoyed
  • Neat: A universal word of approval shared by New Zealand young
  • In the nuddy: naked
  • Ossie : Australia, or referred to an Australian
  • Pav: A New Zealand meringue pudding with a fruit and cream filling used as a dessert tease for weight-watchers
  • A piece of piss: Something easily accomplished
  • Poor cow: An unfortunate or miserable person
  • Rapt: Extremely pleased
  • To have a Rat: To be eccentric or slightly crazy; To be eccentrically singleminded about something: ‘She has a rat about Aussies taking over New Zealand’
  • Root: To enforce sexual intercourse
  • Session: A drinkning bout with acquaintances
  • She’ll be right/apples/jake: It’s all right, okay
  • Sheila: a girl (friend); a woman
  • Shivoo: A party, a ‘shiny’ (from French chez vos ‘at your place‘, the Kiwi’s choice of venue)
  • Shook on: keen on, attracted to
  • Sickie: A period of sick-leave from work, often caused by ‘Mondayitis’
  • Smoko: Refreshment break from work
  • Stirrer: A trouble-maker
  • Sweet as: All good, is cool. `Sweet as, bro!’
  • Troppo: Crazy
  • Tonky: Fashionable, trendy
  • Togs: Clothing item you for swimming. Bathing suit.
  • Yeah-nah: Means no.
  • Ziff: An old fashioned word for a beard: ‘A patriarchal diff hid his true feelings for grandma’

 

What other words or sayings you know about New Zealand ? Let us know in the comments!