One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An uncouth or aggressive person, typically a young man or boy, regarded as being of low social status.‘the blokes are all scobes in tracksuits’
- ‘Some of her children have been called "scobe", "skank" and "scrounger" at school.’
- ‘She looks at me like a skobe who's just sat next to her on the bus with a can of beer.’
- ‘I'm telling her that Liam's a total skobe.’
- ‘Since they've made the road better, we've seen more scobes in town than we ever used to.’
- ‘We used to run over and start shouting at him and he'd say, "Go away, scobes".’
1950s: of uncertain origin; possibly short for scobe-gatherer, ‘person gathering rods to bind thatch, menial worker’, from Irish sgolb ‘wattle’.
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