Definition of Scouse in English:


Line breaks: Scouse
Pronunciation: /skaʊs
British informal


1 [mass noun] The dialect or accent of people from Liverpool: the man turned on him in Scouse
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  • Accents range from broad Scouse though modifications towards RP and RP itself in the middle and upper classes.
  • Griffiths' one-armed alcoholic main character narrates the novel in demotic Scouse - the accent sounds like a hymn sung through a dodgy carburettor or a nightingale racked with emphysema.
  • You can hear as much Scouse as Welsh spoken in the streets of Bangor.
2 short for Scouser.
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  • The main thing is that the Scouses who were egging the poor lads on should hang their heads and shame!
  • I have served in the Royal Air force and I have yet to meet a scouse with any integrity.
  • Every scouse bloke of a certain age had a group in the 60s.


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Relating to Liverpool: a Scouse accent
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  • Bob was a Scouser, he had a Scouse sense of humour and people thought he was terrific, the kids thought he was great as well.
  • Plenty of Scouse artists have emerged since the beat explosion, but only a fraction have had any national impact.
  • The play was set in Birkenhead, which meant that I had to do a Scouse accent for that, so I decided to stick with it for this too.


mid 19th century: abbreviation of lobscouse.

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