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[lob-skous] /ˈlɒb skaʊs/
a stew of meat, potatoes, onions, ship biscuit, etc.
Also, lobscourse
[lob-skawrs, -skohrs] /ˈlɒb skɔrs, -skoʊrs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lobscouse
1700-10; cf. loblolly; Norwegian lapskaus, Danish labskovs, German labskaus all ultimately < English Unabridged
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  • I could live on lobscouse, or soap and bully, for a year, and thank God for getting more than I deserved.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Not to know the delights of a clam-bake, not to love chowder, to be ignorant of lobscouse!

  • He pours out his woes to her while she wipes away the tears from the lobscouse.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • Not a taste of lobscouse will you lubbers get until you give up my hog.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • Johansen preferred the “lobscouse,” while I had a weakness for the “fiskegratin.”

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • I will suppose that one of the hearers is a sailor, who would relish and appreciate a sausage or a lobscouse.

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • They love their music as they love their lobscouse, hot and strong and plenty.

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
  • It consisted of lobscouse, his favorite dish, followed by some good hot lime-juice grog.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • lobscouse, lob′skows, n. a stew or hash with vegetables, a dish used at sea.

  • The object was seated at the dinner-table contending with her lobscouse, and did not feel his presence near.

British Dictionary definitions for lobscouse


a sailor's stew of meat, vegetables, and hardtack
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from dialect lob to boil + scouse, broth; compare loblolly
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