- 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)
- checkbook journalism,
- checked swing,
- checkered career
Origin of checker1
Examples from the Web for chequered
The chequered life of Clarissa Dickson Wright, the larger of the two stars on the eccentric cooking show Two Fat Ladies.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’|The Telegraph|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Short and chequered and full of trouble as was his life, it is amazing what an immense amount of literary work he accomplished.Roman Mosaics|Hugh Macmillan
But even the faults which chequered his character told for him with the middle classes.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)|John Richard Green
They are unconsciously tinged and imbued with its picturesque and chequered incident, as was the great singer of Israel.Mexico|Charles Reginald Enock
esp US checkered
noun mainly US and Canadian
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.).