[ chek-er ]
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  1. a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.

  2. 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.

  1. a checkered pattern.

  2. one of the squares of a checkered pattern.

verb (used with object)
  1. to mark like a checkerboard.

  2. to diversify in color; variegate.

  1. to diversify in character; subject to alternations: Sorrow and joy have checkered his life.

Origin of checker

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English check(i)er, chequer, chekker “chessboard, checkerboard,” from Old French eschequier, eschaquier (by shortening), equivalent to eschec + -er; see origin at check1, -er2
  • Also British, che·quer .

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Other definitions for checker (2 of 2)

[ chek-er ]

  1. a person or thing that checks.

  2. a cashier, as in a supermarket or cafeteria.

  1. a person who checks coats, baggage, etc.

Origin of checker

First recorded in 1525–35; check1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use checker in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for checker (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtʃɛkə) /

noun, verb
  1. the usual US spelling of chequer

  1. textiles a variant spelling of chequer (def. 2)

  2. US and Canadian any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of checkers: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): draughtsman

British Dictionary definitions for checker (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtʃɛkə) /

nounmainly US and Canadian
  1. a cashier, esp in a supermarket

  2. an attendant in a cloakroom, left-luggage office, etc

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