- 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
- a person or thing that checks.
- a cashier, as in a supermarket or cafeteria.
- a person who checks coats, baggage, etc.
Origin of checker2
Related Wordsdetective, monitor, investigator, auditor, controller, patchwork, inspector, appraiser, interrogator, inquisitor, sleuth, overseer, reviewer, tester, scrutinizer, checker, assessor, plaid, variegation, motley
Examples from the Web for checkers
The higher your score, the more likely it is that you can lip-sync along to the “Checkers” Speech.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
They played chess and checkers with him, let him watch soccer matches on TV and eventually gave him a radio.Gilad Shalit’s Five Years in Gaza
October 19, 2012
Three, in jump seats, were a combination of observers and checkers.2010's Unsafe Skies
December 30, 2010
Thwarted Conquest: "I never said anything about checkers, old man!"The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 2
October 21, 2010
He attempted a game of checkers and lost, which did not tend to make his temper any sweeter.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
It's all to do over again, checkers and everything—an' what'll he say to me?"Captains Courageous"
Some were playing cards or checkers, some laughing and joking, and others reading.The Clansman
It is a game of chess, and not of solitaire, nor even of checkers.Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Almost unintentionally he followed the path that led past the Checkers of the Hope.The Lifeboat
- (functioning as singular) US and Canadian a game for two players using a checkerboard and 12 checkers each. The object is to jump over and capture the opponent's pieces
- 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 checkers
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.).