One who habitually violates laws, especially laws that do not involve serious criminal offenses.
(informal) A habitual or flagrant violator of laws, esp. traffic or liquor laws.
Origin of scofflaw
- 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.