[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scouse (1 of 2)


/ (skaʊs) /


Liverpool dialect a stew made from left-over meat

Word Origin for scouse

C19: shortened from lobscouse

British Dictionary definitions for scouse (2 of 2)


/ (skaʊs) British informal /


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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