lob·​scouse ˈläb-ˌskau̇s How to pronounce lobscouse (audio)
: a sailor's dish of stewed or baked meat with vegetables and hardtack

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The description of "lobscouse" in our second example sounds anything but appetizing, but some version of this dish has been around for at least 300 years and it is a specialty of Liverpool, England. ("Lobscouse" is also called "scouse," and Liverpudlians are sometimes referred to as "Scousers.") The origin of "lobscouse" is not known for certain. Although it's been suggested that the first syllable of the word comes from an English dialect word lob meaning "to boil," the more popular theory is that "lobscouse" comes from a Norwegian stew called "Lapskaus."

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lobscouse was in 1706


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“Lobscouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobscouse. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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