- One who habitually violates minor laws, rules, conventions or accepted practices.
- One who fails to answer trivial court summonses.
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.
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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)
Scofflaw. The Effin Word, The Effin Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw. Accessed 4 June 2023.
The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago Style)
The Effin Word, s.v. scofflaw, accessed June 4, 2023, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw.
American Psychological Association (APA Style)
The Effin Word. (n.d.). Scofflaw. In The Effin Word. Retrieved June 4, 2023, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw