- marked by numerous and various shifts or changes; variegated: a checkered career.
- marked by dubious episodes; suspect in character or quality: a checkered past.
- marked with squares: a checkered fabric.
- diversified in color; alternately light and shadowed: the checkered shade beneath trees.
Origin of checkered
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- a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
- Also called, British, draughts.(used with a singular verb)a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
- (in a regenerative furnace) loosely stacked brickwork through which furnace gases and incoming air are passed in turn, so that the heat of the exhaust is absorbed and later transferred to the incoming air.
- a checkered pattern.
- one of the squares of a checkered pattern.
- to mark like a checkerboard.
- to diversify in color; variegate.
- to diversify in character; subject to alternations: Sorrow and joy have checkered his life.
Origin of checker1
Examples from the Web for checkered
On a “warm up session,” he can be seen donning a checkered shirt and baseball hat atop his bushy ponytail.Meet Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L. Jinny, the Ali G of Evil
August 26, 2014
Your character has a great look, with the short bob and the checkered dress.Neve Campbell on ‘Mad Men,’ ‘90s Nostalgia, and Why the ‘Scream’ Movie Franchise is Over
April 14, 2014
He started out with a mixed, checkered record [and] seemed to be ready to build a good relationship with the West.Ukraine’s D.C. Lobbyists in Disarray as Dictator Flees
February 25, 2014
Although it should be noted that Feldman does have a checkered past.George Zimmerman Wants to Profit Off Trayvon Martin’s Death
February 5, 2014
In a video uploaded to YouTube, a young man, wearing a checkered keffiyeh over his face, said he was a Svoboda member.Ukraine Protesters Turn Stun Guns On Each Other
January 30, 2014
His sleep was checkered with starts and moans, and sometimes with a muttered word or two.Barnaby Rudge
But without knowledge of it that progress will be checkered and perhaps futile.A Preface to Politics
Rousseau, at the end of his checkered life, from 1770 to 1778, lived in Paris.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
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The lower portion of the body is silvery white, checkered with black.The Western World
In all his checkered life, that had left its deepest stamp on him in Italy.
- the usual US spelling of chequer
- textiles a variant spelling of chequer (def. 2)
- US and Canadian any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of checkersAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): draughtsman
- a cashier, esp in a supermarket
- an attendant in a cloakroom, left-luggage office, etc
Word Origin and History for checkered
late 14c., past participle adjective from checker (v.). Checkered past attested by 1831.
mid-13c., "game of chess (or checkers);" c.1300, "a chessboard, board with 64 squares for playing chess or similar games; a set of chessmen" a shortening of Old French eschequier "chessboard; a game of chess," from Medieval Latin scaccarium (see check (n.)).
Meaning "pattern of squares" is late 14c. Meaning "a man or marker in the game of checkers" is from 1864. British prefers chequer. From late 14c. as "a checked design." The word had earlier senses of "table covered with checked cloth for counting" (late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), a sense also in Old French (see checker (n.2)).
"table covered with a checked cloth," specialized sense of checker (n.1), late 14c. (in Anglo-Latin from c.1300); especially a table for counting money or keeping accounts (revenue reckoned with counters); later extended to "the fiscal department of the English Crown; the Exchequer (mid-14c.; in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.).