- 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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Scofflaw. The Effin Word, The Effin Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw. Accessed 25 June 2022.
The Effin Word, s.v. scofflaw, accessed June 25, 2022, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw.
The Effin Word. (n.d.). Scofflaw. In The Effin Word. Retrieved June 25, 2022, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/scofflaw