1. a sausage, a salami.
|[||Eng. Housewifery (9th edn) 75: To make Pullony Sausages].|
|Life’s Painter 132: For supper, Joey stood, / To treat these curious cronies; / A bullock’s melt, hog’s maw, / Sheep’s heads, and stale polonies; / And then they swill’d gin-hot.|
|‘The Coalheaver’s Feast’ Fun Alive O! 59: Forty polonies and twelve saveloys, / a sack of potatoes and twenty savoys.|
|‘Fun of the Fair’ inII (1979) 106: Rollas and polonies I declare, / And sausages too at Greenwich fair.|
|Pendennis I 33: Mr. Foker attacked the turtle and venison with as much gusto as he had shown the year before, when he used to make feasts off [...] smuggled polonies.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Sl. Dict. 258: Polony Cockney shortening and vulgar pronunciation of a Bologna sausage. The sausages which are sold under the name of polonies have, however, no nearer connexion with Bologna sausages than that of the word’s derivation.|
|H.M.S. Pinafore Act I: I’ve chickens and conies, and pretty polonies .|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 21 June 59/2: Griggs has christened him [i.e a dog] Slinker [...] a slang term for a penny polony.|
|Sheffield Gloss. 178: Polony, a Bologna sausage.|
|Truth (Sydney) 13 May. 4/6: We will withdraw the item [...] ‘oyster-patties and polonies’.|
|Belfast News-Letter 11 Apr. 6/5: Coarse, highly-seasined sausages are known as ‘saveloys’ and ‘polonies’.|
|see polony-fencer below.|
|Spring in Tartarus 327: Christ! [...] isn’t there ever going to be anything but polonies; morning, noon and bloody night?|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 28 Nov. 18/4: The best [food] we got was polony and not too much of that.|
|All in! All in! 128: I’m the wee Polony man / I do everything I can, / To catch the wee Polony man.|
|Aus. Word Map [Internet] polony. a large, mild-flavoured, precooked sausage, usually sliced thinly and eaten cold. Compare beef Belgium, Belgium sausage, Byron sausage, devon, Empire sausage, fritz, German sausage, luncheon sausage, pork German, Strasburg, wheel meat, Windsor sausage.|
2. as double entendre, the penis.
|‘Conger Nell & the Clerkenwell Porkman’ in Rummy Cove’s Delight in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 96: And for gammoning the girls, O, he always bore the bell, / With his long polonies / Meat where bone is .|
3. a silly person.
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 123: You are a polony, aren’t you? [Ibid.] 137: We deceive ourselves and think like polonies and sorry tripehounds.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 18 May 11s/1: At the end of the the first round the big polony ....oh, but forget about him.|
a seller of (cooked) sausages.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 15/2: If they’re going to keep running-in polony fencers for putting rotten gee-gee into the bags of mystery, I hope they won’t leave fried-fish-pushers alone.|