American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sailor's stew made of meat, vegetables, and hardtack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dish made of pilot-biscuit, stewed in water with pieces of salt meat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A combination of meat with vegetables, bread, etc., usually stewed, sometimes baked; an olio.
- n. a stew of meat and vegetables and hardtack that is eaten by sailors
- From German Labskaus (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps dialectal lob, to bubble + scouse, of unknown origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was what the sailors called lobscouse, a sort of pudding made of ship biscuits, liver, and fish.”
“The steward presently brought along from the galley the chief ingredients of the supper, consisting of a pot of piping hot cocoa and a dish of steaming "lobscouse", to be followed, he informed me, by a jam tart.”
“But long before the cook's husky notes summoned the emigrants 'messmen to the galley, to receive their morning allowance of cocoa and their tins of "lobscouse", all hands were on deck, the emigrants gathered in the waist of the ship, leaning over the lee rail, and devouring with their eyes the beauties of the lovely island, fresh, green, and sparkling with the dews of the past night.”
“lobscouse" which the darkey cook had dished up most appetisingly; after which the good lady retired to her cabin for the night in much more cheerful spirits.”
“Angus ThomsonStreatley, Berkshire• Labskaus (Letters, 19 March) is only an anomalous variation of lobscouse (lapskaus in Norwegian), a sailor's stew with meat and vegetables (without meat, blindscouse) found across northern Europe but most famously associated with Liverpool, being eponymous with its natives, dialect and local dish.”
“Dinah HickishSt Asaph, Clwyd• Re the variations of labskaus/lobscouse Letters, 22 March: Liverpool may call its stew scouse, but the word has also travelled down to Stoke, where it's called lobby.”
“In Liverpool he instantly identifies lobscouse, a stew originally eaten by Baltic sailors and eponymous with the city, while he uncovers the historical link between Wigan and pies.”
“Eating "seemans labskaus" for dinner in Hamburg -- that is, "seaman's lobscouse," a dish Jack and Stephen eat in Patrick O'Brian which of course is why I ordered it.”
“I could live on lobscouse, or soap and bully, for a year, and thank God for getting more than I deserved.”
“He declared the Widow Gallup did not know how to make a decent chowder, anyway; and as for lobscouse, or the proper frying of a mess of”
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