Kiwi Slang – P

pack a sadTo be moody. To sulk.

If he doesn’t get his own way, he packs a sad.”

When referring to an object it can mean that it is broken or dead.

My car has packed a sad. It won’t start at all.”

paddockA field. Also used to refer to a sports field, especially a rugby field.
paint the town redTo go out and have a good time.
pakaruThe Maori word for broken. See also puckeroo.
PakehaA non-Maori person, generally applied to people of British or European descent. Some Caucasian New Zealanders find the term offensive, while others happily refer to themselves as Pakeha.
panel beaterA person who repairs cars, primarily the panel work of the car, for instance after a crash or to remove rust. It can also refer to the actual workshop. Auto body shop. Auto repair shop. Panel shop.
pavShortened form of pavlova (pavalova), a famous New Zealand dessert usually topped with whipped cream and kiwifruit. Named after the Russian ballet dancer Ánna Pávlova.
pavementThe sidewalk. See also footpath.
perveTo stare at someone.

Stop perving at the girls!”

petrolGasoline.
piece of pissSomething that is easy.

“That job was a piece of piss.”

pike outTo give up on something, especially when things get difficult. See also piker.

He piked out of the race after only 30 minutes!”

Also used in reference to stopping doing something, such as drinking or party.

I was at a party on Saturday night, but I piked out early and went home.”

pikeletA small pancake often served with whipped cream and jam.
pikerA slacker. A person who gives up when things get difficult. See also pike out.

Come on mate, don’t be such a piker.”

pinky, pinky fingerThe little finger of the hand.
Pinky BarA Cadbury bar made from marshmallow and caramel, covered in chocolate.
pissAlcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or spirits)

“We’re going to get on the piss this weekend.”

piss about, piss aroundTo waste time or effort. See also fart about.

Stop pissing about and get back to work!”

piss awfulVery unpleasant.
piss easyVery easy.
piss upA party or social gathering with the focus being on drinking alcohol.

Let’s have a piss up this weekend.”

Also part of a saying referring to people who lack ability or talent.

He couldn’t organise a piss up at a brewery.”

piss up largeDrinking of large quantise of alcohol.

I’m going to piss up large on Friday night.”

pissedTo be drunk. Inebriated.

Man, that guy is so pissed he can hardly stand up!”

pissed offAnnoyed. Angry. Upset. The equivalent of the US English meaning of pissed.
pissheadSomeone who drinks a lot of alcohol. A heavy drinker. An alcoholic.

Dave is such a pisshead.”

pissing downRaining heavily. Pouring down.

It is pissing down outside.

plasterA sticking plaster.
plodA friendly term for a local policeman.
plonkCheap liquor. Cheap wine.

I’ve got a bottle of plonk, so I’m happy.”

pongA bad smell. Stink.

After working all day my feet pong.”

pony tailLong hair, especially a girl’s or woman’s hair, tied at the back of one’s head.
pop over, pop inTo visit.

I’m just popping over to see my sister.”

Next time you’re in town, pop in an see me.”

pop outTo go out. To take out.

I’m just popping out for a few minutes.”

I didn’t mean to break it. This part just popped out.”

postal code / post codeZip code.
potluck dinnerA dinner gathering where everyone brings a plate of prepared food to share with all the other guests. Sometimes used to refer to something being the luck of the draw.
pottleA small tub or container. Often used to refer to a small container of yoghurt, or a disposable cardboard cup containing food such as hot potato chips.
power cutA power outage.
pramFrom paramulator. A baby carriage. See also push chair.
prangA minor car accident.

“I had a prang in my car. Luckily there was only a small amount of damage.”

pressieA present. A gift.
pubFrom public bar. A bar where alcoholic drinks are served.
puckerooTo be broken. Destroyed. Buggered. Rooted. Dysfunctional. From the Maori word pakaru, meaning broken.
puddingDessert.

I like to eat ice cream for pudding.”

push bikeA bicycle.
push chairA usually collapsible chair-shaped carriage for babies and toddlers. A stroller. A baby buggy. See also pram.
pushing up daisiesDead and buried.

Kiwi Slang Dictionary


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