Kiwi Slang – G

g’day, g’ddayStereotypical Kiwi greeting. From “Good Day”. Also spelled gidday

G’day mate, how’s it going?”

gas guzzlerA large car, often associated with older-style large cars from the USA. See also Yank tank.
gawk / gawkingTo stare at. To take a look at.

“What are you gawking at!?”

get off the grassAn exclamation of disbelief. Similar to “stop pulling my leg”, “get outta here”, “you’re joking” and “no way”.
get the williesTo be overcome with a feeling of fear or agitation that something might happen.

Every time I think about speaking in public I get the willies.”

gimmeInformal way of saying “give me.”

Gimme one of those sausages.”

give your ferret a runTo have sex.
gizzaInformal way of saying “give us a”.

Gizza pint of Speights please.”

going bushTo go into the bush to live for an extended period, although sometimes applied to less extensive periods of hunting or camping. It has a similar meaning to “get away from it all”.

I’m going bush for a while to get away from it all.”

good as goldA good outcome. An affirmative answer, implying the speaker is happy with an outcome.

Our holidays were going good as gold until the last day!”

Can I drop the trailer off to you this weekend?”
“That’ll be as good as gold.”

good on ya. good on ya mate!Congratulations. Well done. Said to express that you are proud of someone.

Here’s some beers for the boys. Enjoy!”

Good on ya mate!”

Can also be used sarcastically.

I’m going to win lotto this weekend.”

Aw, good on ya! Not much chance of that.”

got the bluesUsed to describe feeling sad or depressed.
greasiesA common term for fish and chips, which are deep fried in fat or oil.
greenieA conservationist. Sometimes used with a similar meaning as the word “hippie”.

He’s a real greenie. He has been involved in many protests again logging native trees.”

gridironAmerican football.
grogAny alcoholic beverage, although more specifically spirits.

Are you on the grog this weekend?” Meaning “Are you going out drinking this weekend.”

ground floorThe ground level floor of a building. First floor in USA.
grouseFine. Excellent. Often used to express delight.

My Dad’s leading me the car this weekend. It’s grouse.”

gumboots, gummiesWaterproof rubber boots. Called Wellingtons or Wellies in Britain. Some New Zealand fesitvals and events feature gumboot-throwing as a competition, to see who can throw it the greatest distance. Taihape claimms to be the gumboot-throwing capital of New Zealand.
guts for gartersTo be in big trouble.

When my Dad finds out he’ll have my guts for garters!”

Kiwi Slang Dictionary


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2 Responses

  1. david irwin
    david irwin June 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm |

    “Good good” has made it into the language now , i personally hate it
    wonder where it came from ..New York, New York, maybe

    words are words but definately did’nt come from the land

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  2. Rodolfo Garcia
    Rodolfo Garcia March 16, 2016 at 6:40 am |

    You forgot to add GIB which in the U.S. it’s called Drywall

    Reply

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