Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A highly seasoned smoked pork sausage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seasoned pork sausage, normally purchased ready cooked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of dried sausage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A highly seasoned dried sausage, originally made of brains, but now of young pork salted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ready-cooked and highly seasoned pork sausage

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete French cervelat, from Italian cervellato, ultimately from dialectal zervello, brain, from Latin cerebellum, diminutive of cerebrum, brain; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Supposedly from French cervelas (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those Camden years of mine, only option was saveloy, I almost starved.

    Bruce Robinson: 'I'm just going to take my liver for a wash'

  • And when I bought those horrible little overdyed red saveloy thingees at the butcher, no one had any idea what the “cheerio” was that I asked for but instead offered me “little boys” – sigh

    I say pyjama…

  • The lardy Deputy Prime Minister might have the body of a saveloy but in the department where it matters he is a chipolata, she recorded in her diaries.

    John "2 inches" Prescott leads the Labour scum to oblivion.

  • The noise of footsteps on the creaking stairs, a few minutes after the occurrence of this conversation, roused the merry old gentleman as he sat over the fire with a saveloy and a small loaf in his hand; a pocket – knife in his right; and a pewter pot on the trivet.

    Oliver Twist

  • What would they say, who made so light of money, if they could know how I had scraped my halfpence together, for the purchase of my daily saveloy and beer, or my slices of pudding?

    David Copperfield

  • It's a saveloy bright red sausage dipped in the sort of batter that's used in fish-n-chips, and deep fried.

    Unexpected

  • Because while 17-year-old Nick Bollea hasn't inherited his father's premature balding or weirdly saveloy-style arms, but he does seem to have inherited Hulk's need for danger.

    Hey Wife-Murderers, Hulk Hogan’s Totally On Your Side

  • And a formidable one at that – it's Hulk Hogan, who for two decades was the leading proponent of ripping flimsy T-shirts open, pretending to be deaf and flexing his saveloy-style arms in slow-motion to the sound of copyright-free hard rock music on VHS compilation tapes.

    Rosie O’Donnell Gets All Hubba Hubba Over Elisabeth Hasselbeck

  • We can't imagine why Linda Bollea is divorcing the bald, long-haired, bleach-blond, handlebar-moustachioed, saveloy-armed, grunting play-fighter Hulk Hogan, but the sad truth of the matter is that she is.

    Hogan Speaks Out On His Son, While His Wife Gets Off With a 19-Year-Old

  • "Half a pound of sausages and two saveloy dips, Mr. Braidford."

    Broken Music, A Memoir

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  • "Those who peddle frozen fish clad in batter as thick as their shop's Formica counter tops, with jars of sad pickled eggs and a lone, armour-plated saveloy waiting patiently for someone drunk enough to order it, are still around."
    Eating for England by Nigel Slater, p 179

    March 24, 2010