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[skous] /skaʊs/
noun, British Nautical.
a baked dish or stew made usually with meat and hardtack.
Origin of scouse
First recorded in 1830-40; short for lobscouse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even a scouse of mouldy biscuit met the approval of Loolowcan.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • We called the captain, and requested him to inspect the pan of scouse.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • At supper we had a cup of coffee to finish the quarter-ration of food, which was made into a scouse as before.

  • For the noon meal we had only one dish, which was "scouse," a mixture of meat and potatoes, thoroughly boiled in water.

    Wanderlust Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
  • Better all lay in a good foundation of scouse and sody biscuit.

British Dictionary definitions for scouse


(Liverpool, dialect) a stew made from left-over meat
Word Origin
C19: shortened from lobscouse


Also called Scouser. a person who lives in or comes from Liverpool
the dialect spoken by such a person
of or from Liverpool; Liverpudlian
Word Origin
C20: from scouse
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Word Origin and History for scouse

1840, short for lobscouse "a sailor's stew made of meat, vegetables, and hardtack," of uncertain origin (cf. loblolly); transferred sense of "native or inhabitant of Liverpool" (where the stew is a characteristic dish) is recorded from 1945. In reference to the regional dialect, from 1963. Related: Scouser (1959).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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