Noun

  1. One who habitually violates minor laws, rules, conventions or accepted practices.
  2. One who fails to answer trivial court summonses.

Pronunciations

  • /ˈskɔfˌlɔ/
  • /ˈskɒfˌlɔ/

Origin

The result of a Prohibition era contest that sought a new word to describe “a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor,” scoff + law.


Cite this Entry

Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Scofflaw.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “scofflaw”, accessed October 23, 2020, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Scofflaw. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw


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