Meaning of puckeroo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpʌkəˈruː/


New Zealand
  • Broken; useless.

    ‘‘I’m puckeroo!’ people used to say around me in the past, meaning they were worn out or not quite well, but I have not heard the word for years.’
    • ‘I reckon something is puckeroo here.’


New Zealand with object, often as adjective puckerooed
  • Ruin or break.

    ‘he had a compass but it was puckerooed’
    • ‘And he looked at it and said ‘puckerooed, eh?’ and laughed.’
    • ‘Accept that your position is puckerooed!’


Mid 19th century (as a verb): from Maori pakaru ‘break’.