palone

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin; common in Polari slang but with no clear source.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈləʊni/, /pəˈləʊn/

Noun[edit]

palone (plural palones)

  1. (Polari and other slang) A young woman, a girl.
    • 1938, Graham Greene, Brighton Rock:
      ‘I don't need a razor with a polony. If you want to know what it is, it's a bottle.’
    • 1944, Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, volume 23-4:
      To nomads the road is the ‘drag,’ a man a ‘homey,’ a woman a ‘palone,’ a fair a ‘gaff,’ and a shop a ‘lolly’ (curtailed rhyming slang: lollipop = shop), but English Gypsies still use drom, mush, manushi, weggorus, and budiga.