/juːt/ n [C]
Australian pick-up truck (= a small vehicle with an open part at the back in which goods can be carried)
(Definition of ute noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
(Engineering / Automotive Engineering) Austral and NZ informal
short for utility
Informal. a utility vehicle.
http://www.cellphonerentals.co.nz/kiwislang.htmKiwi slang and idiom
New Zealanders will use words and expressions that are not considered standard English. This is New Zealand idiom - Kiwi slang or Kiwi talk. Some idiom is unique to New Zealand and some has been adopted or modified from terms used in other English speaking countries.Ute
= small pickup truck
http://www.nz-immigration.co.nz/lifestyle/sla...New Zealand Slang
New Zealand slang has developed over time from such a diverse mixture of backgrounds that it is sometimes difficult to establish exactly what phrases and slang words are originally from New Zealand! However be assured that all of the listed words and phrases are used with regularity throughout New Zealand which will hopefully give you a better understanding of what your Kiwi mates are really trying to tell ya!Ute
- small pickup truck
- pickup truck, abbrev. of "utility vehicle"
was in introduced in 1934 by both Ford and General Motors – Holden's. It was an immediate success and the idea was soon copied by car makers in Australia and overseas.Questionable references:
utility vehicle, Australian originChuck some bales on the ute!
Vehicles like the Holden Ute
and FPV Pursuit, colloquially called a ute or utility
(from "Coupe utility"
) in Australia and New Zealand, […]
In 1934, a vehicle debuted in Australia known as the utility or "ute"
. It was designed by Lewis Bandt from Ford Australia.
The coupé utility body style is especially popular in Australia. The ute
had its origins in Australia from the open top passenger car models of the mid 1920s. The ute
body type was first available in Australian Chevrolet then Dodge models, the bodies of which were made by Holden under contract. Australia and New Zealand
In Australia and New Zealand, the term 'Ute'
(short for utility vehicle) is most commonly used to describe a pickup truck. The Ute
is considered an Australian/New Zealand icon since the pickup truck was invented there by Ford Australia and are very popular for that reason.