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Probably of North Germanic origin, from or cognate with Old Norse skran (rubbish; marine stores). Compare Icelandic skran (junk), Danish skrammel (junk, lumber). Doublet of scrawn.



scran (uncountable)

  1. (UK, Ireland, slang) Food, especially that of an inferior quality; grub.
    Synonyms: (Geordie) scrawn; see also Thesaurus:food
    Let wi gan and get some scran am starvin man!
    Let's go and get some food. I'm starving!
    • 1853, Charles John Chetwynd Talbot, Meliora, Or, Better Times to Come (page 247)
      I know there are many persons — some who are themselves poor — who 'never turn a beggar from their door,' but always give them a few browns (halfpence) or some scran (broken victuals).
  2. Refuse; rubbish.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Frank Graham (1987) The New Geordie Dictionary, →ISBN
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN


scran (third-person singular simple present scrans, present participle scranning, simple past and past participle scranned)

  1. (slang, Liverpudlian, Manchester) to eat