palone

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

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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.
    • 1967, Bona Bijou Tourettes (Round the Horne), season 3, episode 12, written by Kenneth Horne:
      Divine. Sitting, sipping a tiny drinkette, vadaïng the great butch omis and dolly little palones trolling by, or disporting yourself on the sable plage getting your lallies all bronzed - your riah getting bleached by the soleil.

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palone

  1. inflection of palony:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Further reading[edit]

  • palone in Polish dictionaries at PWN