[ skous ]

  1. a baked dish or stew made usually with meat and hardtack: You can't visit Liverpool without delving into a piping hot bowl of scouse.

  2. Usually Scouse .

    • the dialect spoken in Liverpool, England: If there's anyone out there who understands Scouse, maybe you can help us translate this video!

  1. Often Scouse . relating to a person or people from Liverpool or to the dialect spoken there: She still speaks with a Scouse accent.

Origin of scouse

First recorded in 1830–40; short for lobscouse

Words Nearby scouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scouse in a sentence

  • Tell that lazy Portugee to make some puddin' and tell him to get some bread scouse ready for the crew.

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

    The Story of a Bad Boy | Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • I was allowed my full share of the “lob-scouse,” the “sea-pies,” and “plum-duff,” and was no longer hunted out of the forecastle.

    Ran Away to Sea | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for scouse (1 of 2)


/ (skaʊs) /

  1. Liverpool dialect a stew made from left-over meat

Origin of scouse

C19: shortened from lobscouse

British Dictionary definitions for Scouse (2 of 2)


/ (skaʊs) British informal /

  1. Also called: Scouser a person who lives in or comes from Liverpool

  2. the dialect spoken by such a person

  1. of or from Liverpool; Liverpudlian

Origin of Scouse

C20: from scouse

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