From a sign in my mum's hometown of Otorohanga in the North Island, New Zealand
Beaut - great, good fun: "That'll be beaut, mate"
Bit of a dag - comedian; joker
Bloke - usually a man and often used when referring to a stranger: "There's this bloke down the road who sells "greases" (Fish & chips) from his pie-cart for $1 a bag, which is much cheaper than that bloke who has a shop"
Blow me down - expression of surprise: "Well, blow me down"
Bludge - to exploit others; as in "dole bludger"
Bob's your Uncle - roughly translates as: "There ya go, that's all there is to it! Just press this big red button that says, 'Launch the Missile', and Bob's your uncle"
Boy-racer - Young hoon (idiot) in fast car with incredibly loud stereo
Brassed off - disappointed; annoyed
Brickie - bricklayer
Bugalugs - usually used for something like 'cutie': "How's it going bugalugs?"
Bugger - A mischievous or funny person: "You silly bugger!" Also useful as an expletive when you drop a piano on your foot: "Bugger! I felt that"
Buggered - exhausted
Bugger off - go away; get out
Bun in the oven - pregnant
Bust a gut - make an intense effort
Bute-ee (beauty) - You fabulous thing! When someone does something nice for you: "You bite-ee!"
Carked it - died; "Kicked the bucket"
Cheerio - goodbye
Cheers - Goodbye; thanks; good luck
Chippy - builder; carpenter
Choc-a-block - full to overflowing
Chronic - serious; severe: "Yeah, hurts something chronic"
Chunder - to vomit
Cods wollop - untrue statement or remark: "It's a load of cods wollop"
Crikey dick! - gosh! wow!
Crook - sick; unwell
Cruise - cruisy; taking it easy: "Let's just cruise 'round.... I'm cruisy"
Cuz, Cuzzie - male or female cousin
Dear - expensive
Ding - A small dent in a vehicle: "The prang (collision) caused a bit of a ding"
Dinky - Cute or tacky
Dodgy - bad; unreliable: "That fish tastes a bit dodgy"
Eh? - pronouced 'ay' as in 'say' and often used at the end of sentences when expecting a reply: "This would be a better gift, eh", instead of saying "Do you think this would be a better gift"? It is also often used as a substitute for 'pardon?' or 'what?'
Flag it - let's not do that: "Let's flag it"
Flash - sensational; looks really good: "That's flash!""
Flog - steal; 'nick'
Fogey - old person who doesn't know anything about our generation: "old fogey!... I mean, really! Get a clue!"
Get off the grass - exclamation of disbelief equivalent to: "Stop pulling my leg"; "Get outta here" and "No way"
Gimme - abbreviation for; "Give me..."
Gizza - abbreviation for: "Give us a..."
Going bush - becoming reclusive
Good as gold - A good job well done; not a problem
Hard Case - funny; comical; "That's hard case"; or a funny person; a real character; "He's a real hard case"
How come? - why?
Hoon - Usually associated with young adults, fast cars, loud stereos and alcohol
Hooray - kiwi for 'goodbye'
Hosing down - raining heavily: "It's hosing down"
Hunky dory or 'honky dory' - everything's fine: "My life is hunky dory"
Kick the bucket - die
Knackered - exhausted
Marge - Margarine
Mate - Friend; pal; mate; buddy: "Thanks, mate" or "Pass us a beer, mate"; A common term that can be used even with strangers: "How's it going, mate" = "How are you?" But it is NOT used to the same extent as in Australia, where every second word seems to be 'mate'
Naff off - go away. "Get lost!"
Panel beater - auto body shop
Pike out - to give up when the going gets tough
Piker - one who gives up easily
Prang - motor vehicle accident
Rack off - "Go away!"; "Get lost!"
Raining cats & dogs - raining heavily
Randy - horny; feeling sexy
Rark up - give somebody a good telling off
Rattle your dags - hurry up, get a move on. The expression 'Rattle your days' reputedly refers to the sound a running sheep makes as it rattles its days (the dried excrement hanging around its rear end)
Ring - Phone somebody: "I'll give them a ring
Scodie - disgusting; horrible
Scull - drink beer rapidly
She'll be right - not a problem; it'll be OK
Sickie - to take time off work for a fictitious illness: "Throw a sickie"
Skint - short of money
Skiting - bragging; showing off
Snarky - mixture of sarcastic & nasty
Sook Kindly description of someone who is being silly or behaving like a softy or scaredy car: "You're being a sook"... "Just a bid sook". More often than not the phrase is used as a term of endearment
Sparkie - electric
Spit the dummy - throw a fit; get really mad
Sprog - a child
Squiz - to take a look at something: "Have a squiz"; ask to look at something: "Giz a Squiz"
Stirrer - trouble maker; agitator
Strapped for cash - short of money
Strewth - 'honestly', expletive showing frustration and derived from the old phrase 'God's Truth'... when run together, it becomes "s'truth!"
Suck the kumera (sweet potato) - to die
Sunday driver - someone driving really, really slowly
Ta - thanks
Ta ta - goodbye (usually when speaking to a child)
Take a hike! - Expression of anger: "Go away!"... "Get lost!"
Tiki Tour - roundabout way to get somewhere, a scenic tour
Up the duff - pregnant
Yack - general conversation between friends: "Have a yack"
Yarn - Tell a tall story: "Spin a yarn"
Yonks - forever, a long time: "I haven't seen them in yolks"
Yoo-hoo - "Hello, I'm here. Can I come in?"
Wally - stupid person
Wet Blanket - someone who spoils the fun and doesn't get into the swing of things, particularly at a social occasion
What are ya! - "Are you insane?"
Whinge - complain
Wobbly - Become angry: "Park a wobbly"; throw a tantrum: "Throw a wobbly"
Wonky - crooked
Wop-wops - out of the way location: "Out in the sticks"
Braces - suspenders
Dressing gown - bathrobe
Cardy/cardie - cardigan; woollen button-up-the-front jersey
Gumboots - rubber boots; wellingtons; wells
Jandals - rubber thongs; flip-flops
Jersey - a woollen sweater or sweatshirt
P.J's - jambes; pyjamas
Singlet/singlet top - a sleeveless top with thin straps
Togs - bathing suit
Tights - pantyhose
Tracksuit - sweats; sweatsuit
Biscuits - Americans call them 'cookies'
Candyfloss - cotton candy
Capdisum - bell pepper
Chips - french fries
Chocolate fish - a chocolate-covered marshmallow fish; also frequently given (literally or figuratively) as a reward for a job well done: "Good on ya, mate. You deserve a chocolate fish"
Crisps - potato chips
Cuppa - cup of tea
Fizzy drink - soda drink; pop
Greasies - common term for fish and chips, probably because they usually are!
Hokey pokey - 'sea foam' candy
Ice block - popsicle
Jam - Americans call it 'jelly'
Jelly - Americans call it 'jello'
L&P - fizzy soda water; "Lemon & Paeroa" was originally lemon flavoured spring water from the town of Paeroa
Lolly - candy
Marge - margarine
Pikelet - small pancake often served with jam and whipped cream
Pinky bar - a chocolate-covered marshmallow confection
Sausie - sausage
Tea - It can also mean 'dinner': 'Come for tea'
Vegemite/marmite - spread for toast or bread -indescribably missed by many expat kiwis. Bill Tabb described it as... "A spread the colour missed of dark molasses, the consistency of cold honey and the flavour of yeasty soy sauce. A flavour that is acquired and quite good on warm soft pretzels here in California."
Take aways - New Zealand term for 'take-outs' or food 'to go'
Tinny - Can of beer, can also mean a drug
Tomato sauce - ketchup
Dairy - 'corner store' originally selling only milk, bread, papers, convenience foods and dairy produce, and until the past decade or so, the only shop allowed to open 7 days a week
Bach - small holiday home, pronounced "batch"
Bush - New Zealand native forest area
Car park - parking lot
Chemist - pharmacy; drug store
Dunny - toilet; lavatory; W.C.
Flat - apartment
Footpath - pavement or sidewalk
Ground floor - first floor; very confusing for kiwi visitors to the States; When using lifts (elevators) we are always one floor out!
Loo - Bathroom, toilet, W.C.
Pub - bar, hotel where alcohol is served
Stuff (i.e. doesn't really go anywhere else)
Ads - TV commercials; adverts
A & P Show - Agricultural & Pastoral Show where farmers exhibit animals & produce. There are often sideshows for the townies, with ferris wheels, dodges etc.
Bonnet - car hood
Boot - trunk; back storage compartment of car
Bumper - fender
Caravan - trailer; mobile home
Chook - hen
CV - resume; Curriculum Vitae
Dummy - baby's pacifier
Telly - Television
Cheque - Check
Chilly bin - Lidded polystyrene box for keeping beer & food cold; Australians call them 'Eskies'
Crib - small holiday home; a South Island term for 'bach'
Chrissy - Christmas
Dole - unemployment benefit
Flannel - wash cloth
Gawk - stare at: "What are you gawking at?"
Hottie - hot water bottle
Judder bar - speed bump
Kiwi - New Zealander or an endangered flightless bird native to New Zealand
Kiwifruit - hairy-skinned fruit with green flesh, formerly known as Chinese Gooseberry
Lift - elevator
Maori - indigenous people of New Zealand
Motorway - freeway
Nana - grandmother
Nappy - diaper
Pakeha - person of European descent; non-Maori
Petrol - gasoline
Pong - bad smell
Power cut - outage
Post code - zip code
Pram - (Perambulator) baby carriage; stroller
Rellies - family; relatives
Rubber - eraser
Rubbish - trash; garbage
Sellotape - scotch tape; sticky tape
Shandy - drink made with lemonade and beer
Sticking plaster - band-aid
Sunnies - sunglasses
Tea Towel - dish rag
Torch - flashlight
Tramping - hiking; trekking
Trots - Horse racing with a sulky
Wardrobe - clothes closet
Windscreen - windshield