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[skawf-law, skof-] /ˈskɔfˌlɔ, ˈskɒf-/
a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.
Origin of scofflaw
1920-25; scoff1 + law1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for scofflaw
  • Foreign missions and consulates with unpaid tickets would in essence lose one registration for every car in scofflaw status.
  • There appeared to be a slight increase in tax scofflaw acceptability in comparison to the previous year.
  • And taxpayers do not have to pick up the slack from scofflaw landlords or tax evaders.
  • There are scofflaw cyclists, there are scofflaw drivers.
  • The scofflaw then sat down and ate, in silence, for the rest of the ride.
  • In the meantime, there are speeding drivers and scofflaw cyclists whose behavior is begging for the issuance of tickets.
  • When you are a scofflaw, you have to expect a little inconvenience.
  • The guns were apparently kept loaded at all times, a typical scofflaw practice.
  • Keep in mind that vehicles with out-of-state plates can be on the scofflaw list and can be towed.
  • It collects fines, state surcharges and state scofflaw clearance fees.
British Dictionary definitions for scofflaw


(US, informal) a person who habitually flouts or violates the law, esp one who fails to pay debts or answer summonses
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Word Origin and History for scofflaw

1924, from scoff (v.) + law (n.). The winning entry in a national contest during Prohibition to coin a word to characterize a person who drinks illegally, chosen from more than 25,000 entries; the $200 winning prize was split between two contestants who sent in the word separately: Henry Irving Dale and Miss Kate L. Butler. Other similar attempts did not stick, cf. pitilacker (1926), winning entry in a contest by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to establish a scolding word for one who mistreats animals (submitted by Mrs. M. McIlvaine Bready of Mickleton, N.J.).

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