Can キーウィ be used to mean New Zealander?


Outside of Australia and New Zealand, am I likely to be understood by Japanese speakers if I use キーウィ to mean New Zealanders?

Based on what weblio and Wiktionary say, I suspect not, but I want to check as sometimes dictionaries don't mention slang terms.

Andrew Grimm

Posted 2015-06-06T01:06:41.043

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I would have to say no.

「キーウィ」 refers only to the kiwifruit to at least 99% of Japanese-speakers -- perhaps even more.

Those who have lived in New Zealand or Australia might refer to a New Zealander as 「キーウィ」 among themselves, but that kind of private usage still would not count as an established meaning of the word within the Japanese language.


Posted 2015-06-06T01:06:41.043

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Except that 'kiwi fruits' are usually called キウイフルーツ - see Wikipedia

– Brian Chandler – 2015-06-06T06:59:58.403

I don't think most Japanese in everyday speech will bother with the "フルーツ" part there. – user3707023 – 2017-10-07T23:42:35.497