scofflaw

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • skflô, skôf-

Etymology[edit]

Coined simultaneously by Mr Henry Irving Dale and Miss Kate L. Butler for a contest held in Boston in 1923 in which a word for "a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor" was sought during the Prohibition era.[1]

Noun[edit]

scofflaw (plural scofflaws)

  1. One who habitually violates minor laws or fails to answer trivial court summonses (such as parking tickets).
  2. An iconoclast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quinion, Michael, World Wide Words, http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sco2.htm