noun, plural ki·wis.
- 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.
Origin of kiwi
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
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|Brian Boyd|May 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
First Kiwi, the 17-year-old son, departs to land a job working in the World of Darkness theme park.
We now come to the era of Kiwi Tamaki, the last, and undoubtedly the most notorious, of the olden Tamaki chiefs.
Their remains are found in abundance, but the kiwi is the last species now living.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania |Jewett Castello Gilson
Kiwi then advanced, and met a Kaipara war party coming overland, at Titirangi.
The "kiwi" is about the size of a small turkey, and, like the ostrich, has not the power of flying.Celebrated Travels and Travellers|Jules Verne
Like the kea bird and the kiwi, he is in a class by himself—the most remarkable fish in the world.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
British Dictionary definitions for kiwi
noun plural kiwis
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).