Kiwi Slang – D

dagSome who is a joker or comedian. A funny guy, or hard case.

“I like Jane, she’s such a dag. She’s always coming out with the most outrageous comments!”

dairyA small corner store, often open 7 days a week.
de factoThe name used for a couple living together, as in marriage, but not actually being married. Overseas it is often called “living in common law.”

“The food at that place is too dear. I’d rather buy something cheaper.”

dingA small dent, generally in a car or other vehicle

“John’s car had a small ding in the side after another driver hit his car.”

dodgyBad. Unreliable. Of Questionable morality or intentions

“That man seems like a dodgy character to me.”

doing the tonDriving at 100mph. May be used to describe someone driving extremely fast.

“I was doing the ton on the motorway.”

doleA common name for the Work and Income Unemployment Benefit, paid to someone who is eligible to work, but is unable to find a job.

“After University I couldn’t get a job so I went on the dole for a while.”

doodackie / doodackyAn object or thing, the name of which you have temporarily forgotten. See also thingummybob and doodad.

“What was the name of that doodackie you were telling me about?”

doodadAn object or thing, the name of which you have temporarily forgotten. See also doodackie and thingummybob.

“He had a new doodad that he was showing everyone.”

dorkA term for a person you don’t like, generally meaning that they are stupid, or an idiot. Often used as an insult.

“Don’t be such a dork!”

“I don’t have enough dough to buy a car at the moment.”
down the gurglerMeaning down the drain. Used to denote a failed plan or waste of money.

“The new TV I bought didn’t last long. Talk about money down the gurgler!”

draughtsAnother term for the game of checkers, or the actual playing pieces used in the game.

“Anyone for a game of drafts?”

dreaded lurgyA slang expression for an illness, especially the cold or flu. Sometimes used as slang for sexually transmitted infections.

“I haven’t been at work all week as I’ve got the dreaded lurgy.”

dressing gownA bathrobe.
drive around the bendUsed to describe the feeling of being annoyed so much you feel like you are going crazy or will you’re your temper.

“The way my children are acting it’s enough to drive me around the bend!”

drongoAn idiot. Often used as an insult.

“Those guys are a bunch of drongos”

drop in itTo get into trouble.

“Please don’t say anything, or you will really drop me in it!”

drop your gearTo take your clothes off. To get undressed.

“I’d just dropped my gear before taking a shower and there was a knock on the door.”

dudeA cool man. Often used to refer to a male friend. There was an iconic New Zealand rock group called Th’Dudes, featuring Dave Dobbyn.

“Hey dude, what’s up?”

dudetteA cool woman. Derived from the word dude.

“Hey dudes and dudettes, what’s going on?”

dummyKnown as a pacifier in American English. A small rubber or plastic nipple given to babies to suck on, with the intention of keeping them quiet.
dunnyTypically an outdoor toilet. May be used generally as a synonym for the toilet, bathroom, or lavatory.
duvetA type of bedding, traditionally filled with down or feathers. It is similar to a quilt, but generally has a removable cover and is often used without a top sheet.
duxA title given to the top student in academic achievement during final year of high school.

Kiwi Slang Dictionary

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One Response

  1. John Medhurst
    John Medhurst December 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm |

    You have left out that most wonderful of Kiwi words “dunger”, a vehicle that has seen better days; as in the classic opening salvo of a puchase negotation for a secondhand car or trauiler “Bit of a dunger, eh ?”


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