Also lob·scourse [lob-skawrs, -skohrs] /ˈlɒb skɔrs, -skoʊrs/.

Origin of lobscouse

1700–10; cf. loblolly; Norwegian lapskaus, Danish labskovs, German labskaus all ultimately < English
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Examples from the Web for lobscouse

Historical Examples of lobscouse

  • They love their music as they love their lobscouse, hot and strong and plenty.

    The Orange Girl

    Walter Besant

  • Johansen preferred the “lobscouse,” while I had a weakness for the “fiskegratin.”

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Not to know the delights of a clam-bake, not to love chowder, to be ignorant of lobscouse!

  • A person who lives in a tower of porcelain and dines on pumpernickel and lobscouse.

  • Not a taste of lobscouse will you lubbers get until you give up my hog.

British Dictionary definitions for lobscouse


  1. a sailor's stew of meat, vegetables, and hardtack

Word Origin for lobscouse

C18: perhaps from dialect lob to boil + scouse, broth; compare loblolly
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