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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scouse

Historical Examples of scouse

  • Even a scouse of mouldy biscuit met the approval of Loolowcan.

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

    Round Cape Horn

    Joseph Lamson

  • Better all lay in a good foundation of scouse and sody biscuit.

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


    Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds

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

British Dictionary definitions for scouse



Liverpool dialect a stew made from left-over meat

Word Origin for scouse

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 for Scouse

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).

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