Definition of Scouse in English:

Scouse

noun

British
informal
  • 1[mass noun] The dialect or accent of people from Liverpool.

    ‘the man turned on him in Scouse’
    • ‘You can hear as much Scouse as Welsh spoken in the streets of Bangor.’
    • ‘But Scouse is different, so now I have to learn that! ‘he laughed.’’
    • ‘My Dad's voice, thick with scouse, rumbles across the crackling line.’
    • ‘She spoke without a hint of Scouse and I thought John must have adopted his working-class Liverpool accent as a rebellion against her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I go back now and the dialect of the old residents is noticeably absent, replaced by the faux scouse of the Liverpudlian refugees.’
    • ‘Earlier he had reduced the passengers of Bus no 1 to uncontrollable laughter with his mimicry - his Cockney, his Geordie and his Scouse.’
  • 2

    short for Scouser
    • ‘The main thing is that the Scouses who were egging the poor lads on should hang their heads and shame!’
    • ‘Every scouse bloke of a certain age had a group in the 60s.’
    • ‘I have served in the Royal Air force and I have yet to meet a scouse with any integrity.’

adjective

British
informal
  • Relating to Liverpool.

    ‘a Scouse accent’
    • ‘It is not yet known whether these regional variations extend to other parts of the country - de Rijke hopes to study Scouse and Geordie dialects to determine this.’
    • ‘Can I suggest Boris atones for this with a special Scouse edition of the Spectator, in praise of all the great things Liverpool has to offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With Scouse bands like The Coral currently hitting the big time hard and the Liverpool scene bustling, maybe now might be the right time at last…’
    • ‘He is clearly developing a great voice - richly melancholic, with a wonderfully thick Scouse accent that he's not afraid to use.’
    • ‘Plenty of Scouse artists have emerged since the beat explosion, but only a fraction have had any national impact.’
    • ‘I have never heard Ms Grant speak and I do not know or care if her accent is cut-glass BBC English, Scouse or Glaswegian.’
    • ‘Packed with contemporary Scouse style, a significant part of their music resembles some of the early, but quite pioneering 60's reggae acts.’
    • ‘The last time I saw them they were not only the hottest act around, but rapidly etching their name onto that long list of excellent scouse bands.’
    • ‘His media appearances are categorised by barely audible mumblings in one of the thickest Scouse accents you've ever heard.’
    • ‘This is the stage where several other Scouse outfits have tried and failed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On Good Friday at Highbury, the Liverpool support went from the noisy Scouse taunting we know so well - when they were 2-1 up at half-time - to orderly seated silence.’
    • ‘There is a fine line between Scouse wit and sentimentality, and Peel had crossed it.’
    • ‘People from home say I sound scouse, in fact a few people said that at my graduation when I had only been here for six months.’
    • ‘Thoughtful and articulate with a warming, thick Scouse accent Nick has some pretty candid views about life and rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘I am regularly reminded by scouse friends what a great sense of humour the people of their region possess.’
    • ‘They are four Scouse musicians who have played together for over 20 years.’
    • ‘As Brian grew up, his off-beat Scouse sense of humour began to intrude more and more into his drawings.’
    • ‘So for two summer seasons these scouse boys entertained the holidaymakers on those sunny tax free isles.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of lobscouse.

Pronunciation:

Scouse

/skaʊs/