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WATCH NOW: The Word "Check" Has A Very Regal Origin

Asking for checks and filling out forms with checkmarks is boring, so it’s easy to forget that "check" was a word that originated from a game of knights, kings, and queens; basically the stuff Game of Thrones is made of.

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Idioms for check

    check the helm, Nautical. to alter the helm of a turning vessel to keep the bow from swinging too far or too rapidly.
    in check, under restraint: He held his anger in check.

Origin of check

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First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English chek, chekke (in the game of chess), from Old French eschec (by loss of the initial unstressed vowel), variant of eschac, from Arabic shāh “check” (in the game of chess), from Persian: literally, “king” (an exclamation: i.e., “look out, your king is threatened”); see shah

synonym study for check

1. See stop. 2. Check, curb, repress, restrain refer to putting a control on movement, progress, action, etc. Check implies arresting suddenly, halting or causing to halt: to check a movement toward reform. Curb implies the use of a means such as a chain, strap, frame, wall, etc., to guide or control or to force to stay within definite limits: to curb a horse. Repress, formerly meaning to suppress, now implies preventing the action or development that might naturally be expected: to repress evidence of excitement. Restrain implies the use of force to put under control, or chiefly, to hold back: to restrain a person from violent acts.

OTHER WORDS FROM check

check·less, adjective

Definition for check (2 of 2)

check2
[ chek ]
/ tʃɛk /

noun South Midland and Southern U.S.

Often checks . the game of checkers.
any of the playing pieces used in this game.

Origin of check

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By shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for check

check
/ (tʃɛk) /

verb

noun

interjection

chess a call made to an opponent indicating that his king is in check
mainly US and Canadian an expression of agreement

Derived forms of check

checkable, adjective

Word Origin for check

C14: from Old French eschec a check at chess, hence, a pause (to verify something), via Arabic from Persian shāh the king! (in chess)
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Idioms and Phrases with check

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