- 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 chequered
The chequered life of Clarissa Dickson Wright, the larger of the two stars on the eccentric cooking show Two Fat Ladies.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
Thus clearly it has a place in the chequered history of Aphrodite.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
The masses of shade are but tints of one colour; it is not chequered with a variety.A Tour in Ireland
The Mid-Wales like the Cambrian, had had a chequered early career.The Story of the Cambrian
C. P. Gasquoine
It was a peaceful ending to an agitated and chequered career.Historical and Political Essays
William Edward Hartpole Lecky
"My career has been a chequered one," continued the stranger.The Telegraph Boy
Horatio Alger, Jr.
esp US checkered
- marked by fluctuations of fortune (esp in the phrase a chequered career)
- 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 chequered
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.).