scoff + law. 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.
scofflaw (plural scofflaws)
- One who habitually violates minor laws or fails to answer trivial court summonses (such as parking tickets).
- An iconoclast.
- ^ Quinion, Michael, World Wide Words, http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sco2.htm