- checkered career,
- checkered flag,
- checkered lily,
Origin of checkered
- 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.
verb (used with object)
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|Olivia Nuzzi|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eli Lake|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although it should be noted that Feldman does have a checkered past.George Zimmerman Wants to Profit Off Trayvon Martin’s Death|Dean Obeidallah|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a video uploaded to YouTube, a young man, wearing a checkered keffiyeh over his face, said he was a Svoboda member.
Quite without warning, a heavy-set, round-faced man in checkered flannel shirt and corduroy breeches, emerged from behind a tree.Dan Carter Cub Scout|Mildred A. Wirt
The death of their daughter, the lovely Theodosia Alston, completed the tragedy of his checkered life.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)|Henry Watterson
Traveling salesmen, with checkered vests, gauge women as Herbert Spencer never could.
Other stumps, surrounded by fern, checkered the oblong of cultivated soil, and the dew sparkled on the short oat stubble.Northwest!|Harold Bindloss
The other wall-painting represents a man weaving a checkered rug on a horizontal loom.Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern|Rosa Belle Holt
noun mainly US and Canadian
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.).