from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lobscouse.
  • noun A native or resident of Liverpool, England.
  • noun The dialect of English spoken in Liverpool.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as lobscouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A sailor's dish. Bread scouse contains no meat; lobscouse contains meat, etc. See lobscouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stew associated with the Liverpool area, usually containing (at least) meat, onions, carrots and potatoes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stew of meat and vegetables and hardtack that is eaten by sailors


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for lobscouse.]

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Shortening of lobscouse from the German Labskaus.


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  • The Liverpudlian dialect, named after a lamb stew (says Wikipedia).

    October 11, 2007

  • OHHHH!!! That's what pork scouse is! Well, ya learn somethin' every day, I tellya. Thanks!

    October 11, 2007

  • "But their diet of mainly bread, margarine, strong tea, and lobscouse - a meat-and-biscuit stew from which Liverpudlians acquired the nickname Scouses - was chronically lacking in essential nutrients. This had its worst effects on the fourth boy, Alfred, born in 1912, who as a toddler developed rickets that stunted the growth of his legs. Alf's legs remained puny and foreshortened, and he failed to grow any taller than five feet four inches. He was, even so, a good-looking lad, with luxuriant dark hair, merry eyes, and the distinctive Lennon family nose, a thin, plunging beak with sharply defined clefts over the nostrils."

    - John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman, pg.5

    November 12, 2008

  • Above all, Mimi was determined that he should speak like a nice middle-class boy from the suburbs, not a coarse, raucous 'wacker.' ..."I remember once he came home from town on the bus and he'd heard these Liverpudlians talking to each other - Scouse, you know - and he was shocked, he couldn't understand what they were talking about..."

    - John Lennon:The Life, Philip Norman, pg. 31

    November 12, 2008