Kiwi Slang – H

half pieSomething that is done half heatedly or poorly performed.

I was disappointed with the half pie job the painter did.”

handleA pint of beer
hangiA traditional Maori earth oven, or the food prepared in it.
happy as LarryVery happy.

When he opened his presents, he was as happy as Larry.”

hard caseA tough but likable person. An eccentric person. An amusing, funny person.

Stew is a bit of a hard case, always making jokes.”

hard graftHard work.
hard yakkaHard work.
head over heelsTo be very happy. Often used in reference to someone being in love.

He was head over heals in love.”

heapsA lot.

I’m busy at the moment, I have heaps of work to do”

Give it heaps” (e.g. put a lot of effort into it.)

heart of goldUsed to describing a person who is very kind.

My grandfather is very strict, but he has a heart of gold and always helps me.”

hissy fitTo throw a tantrum, especially when things aren’t going the way someone wants.

Every time there is a problem she has a hissy fit.”

hokey pokeyA type of toffee, known in other parts of the world as sea foam candy, sponge candy, and honey comb toffee. An example is the Cadbury Crunchie bar. Also iconic in New Zealand is hokey pokey icecream, which is vanilla icecream with small round pieces of hokey pokey.
HollywoodUsed to describe faking or exaggerating an injury on the sportsfield. For example, if a player is pushed or bumped by an opposing team member they may fall on the ground faking an injury or deliberate foul.
home ‘n hosedAlso home and hosed. To be safe. To complete something successfully.

Once we’ve done that we’ll be home and hosed.”

hoodackieAn object that you don’t know, or can’t remember, the name of. Similar to doodackie, thingummy bob, etc.

My new cellphone has this cool hoodackie right here.”

hook upTo meet up, join in, or get together. Often used to refer to starting a relationship or to putting someone in contact with someone or something.

I can hook you up with a sweet deal on a new car.”

Sara and John just hooked up.”

hoonUsed to describe a young person or adult who drives around in a fast car, often with a loud stereo system and maybe under the influence of alcohol.

A car load of hoons were driving up and down the street.”

The action of acting like a hoon, or hooning around.

Last Friday night was awesome. We were hooning around and then went to a party.”

hoorayGoodbye.

Hooray. See you next week.”

hosing downUsed to describe heavy rain.

It was hosing down outside. We got completely soaked.”

hottieA hot water bottle.

I was tucked up in bed with my hottie.”

Also used to refer to an attractive woman.

She’s a real hottie.”

how’s it going mate?A quintessential Kiwi greeting. Sometimes shortened to how’s it?”
hunky doryAlso honky dory. Alright or good.

Everything is hunky dory.”

Kiwi Slang Dictionary


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