- any of several flightless, ratite birds of the genus Apteryx, of New Zealand, allied to the extinct moas.
- Also called Chinese gooseberry. the egg-sized, edible berry of the Chinese gooseberry, having fuzzy brownish skin and slightly tart green flesh.
- a member of an air service, as in World War I, who is confined to ground duty.
- a former pilot or member of a flight crew.
- Informal. a New Zealander.
Origin of kiwi
Examples from the Web for kiwi
Contemporary Examples of kiwi
On Monday, the Kiwi singer announced a new collaboration with MAC Cosmetics.Lorde Announces MAC Collaboration; ‘Vamp’ Magazine Puts Women on Top
The Fashion Beast Team
March 11, 2014
When Dmitri visited, he would act as a megaphone, relaying to his mother what her ears could not catch of my Kiwi accent.Remembering Dmitri Nabokov, the Novelist’s Son and Literary Executor
May 10, 2012
First Kiwi, the 17-year-old son, departs to land a job working in the World of Darkness theme park.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
February 12, 2011
Historical Examples of kiwi
The kiwi is the latest of all the birds, but catches the most worms.
For this let us honour the kiwi, and hurl him in the face of the early risers.
They are left in a pan, and the kiwi eats them during the night.Birds in the Calendar
Frederick G. Aflalo
Surrounded by all this Maori opulence, Kiwi grew to manhood.The City of Auckland
I was most interested in a native "kiwi," which I persuaded the head-keeper to find for me.By Forest Ways in New Zealand
F. A. Roberts
Word Origin for kiwi
Word Origin and History for kiwi
type of flightless bird, 1835, from Maori kiwi, said to be of imitative origin. As slang for "a New Zealander," it is attested from 1918. The kiwi fruit (Actinia chinesis), was so called in U.S. from c.1966 when it was imported there, but it is known in New Zealand as Chinese gooseberry (1925).