checker

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[ chek-er ]
/ ˈtʃɛk ər /
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noun

a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
checkers,
  1. Also called, British, draughts.(used with a singular verb) a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
  2. (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.

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. checkbook,
  2. checkbook journalism,
  3. checked,
  4. checked swing,
  5. checkedy,
  6. checkerberry,
  7. checkerbloom,
  8. checkerboard,
  9. checkered,
  10. checkered career

Also British, che·quer.

Origin of checker

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1250–1300; Middle English checker chessboard < Anglo-French escheker (by aphesis), equivalent to eschec check1 + -er -er2

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British Dictionary definitions for chequer

chequer

US checker

/ (ˈtʃɛkə) /

noun

any of the marbles, pegs, or other pieces used in the game of Chinese chequers
  1. a pattern consisting of squares of different colours, textures, or materials
  2. one of the squares in such a pattern

verb (tr)

to make irregular in colour or character; variegate
to mark off with alternating squares of colour
See also chequers

Word Origin for chequer

C13: chessboard, from Anglo-French escheker, from eschec check

checker

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/ (ˈtʃɛkə) /

noun, verb

the usual US spelling of chequer

noun

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

checker

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/ (ˈtʃɛkə) /

noun mainly US and Canadian

a cashier, esp in a supermarket
an attendant in a cloakroom, left-luggage office, etc
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Word Origin and History for chequer
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