- 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 kiwis
Then they beat the living daylights out of the Kiwis, 98-71.Cartoon Streetfights, Giant Mutant Spider Dogs, and More Viral Videos
September 7, 2014
Of the 29 miners, 24 are Kiwis, two are Australians, two are Britons and one is a South African.Trapped for 72 Hours
November 21, 2010
If by some miracle New Zealand can win, then the Kiwis are guaranteed to go through.World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010
Because they roam about so much at night, the kiwis sleep much of the day.
Then we went into the Ostrich House and thoroughly searched two Kiwis.The Journal of a Disappointed Man
Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
They confound their parents daily with questions relating to the habits of marmots or the language of kiwis.
And such a funny thing for a bird to do, the kiwis go about with their noses to the ground like a dog smelling after a rat.
- the Kiwis the men's international Rugby League football team of New Zealand
Word Origin and History for kiwis
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).