Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scran n.

[orig. Scot. ‘food, provisions, victuals, esp. inferior or scrappy food' (EDD); note RN jargon scran, rations]

1. [18C–19C] payment for food at an inn.

2. [early 18C+] (also scrand, scranny, scrano) food, esp. various bits of food, left-overs, ‘broken victuals’ etc., thrown together for an impromptu meal or a meal taken onto their job by a labourer.

In compounds

scran-bag (n.) (also scran-cly, scran-pocket) [SE bag; note milit. jargon scran-bag, a haversack] [mid–late 19C]

1. a beggar’s receptacle for the scraps of food they solicit.

2. [mid-19C+] any form of bag into which bits of food can be placed.

scran-basher (n.)

[1990s+] (Aus.) a cook.

scran-time (n.)

[20C+] (Aus.) a mealtime.

In phrases

cold scran (n.)

[late 19C] something unappealling, distasteful, lit. ‘cold food’.

In exclamations

hard scran!

[1910s-40s] (Aus.) bad luck (to you)!