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British informal

Definition of Scouse in English:


1 [mass noun] The dialect or accent of people from Liverpool: the man turned on him in Scouse
2 short for Scouser.


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Relating to Liverpool: a Scouse accent


mid 19th century: abbreviation of lobscouse.

  • The success of the Beatles and other Liverpool groups and singers in the 1960s focused attention on their native city, and the words Scouse and Scouser became widely familiar in Britain. They represent shortenings of lobscouse, a stew made with meat, vegetables, and ship's biscuit formerly eaten by sailors and so a staple food in the thriving port of Liverpool. Lobscouse is recorded from the early 18th century, but its origin is unknown. Before the 1960s Scouse meaning ‘Liverpudlian’ appeared in print only in a 1945 report of a trial, where a witness used the word and a puzzled judge asked for an explanation, although it was recorded 100 years earlier for the food.

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