[ duhb-uh l-chek ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˈtʃɛk /

verb (used with or without object)

to check twice or again; recheck.


a second examination or verification to assure accuracy, proper functioning, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. double-book,
  2. double-bottom,
  3. double-breasted,
  4. double-breasting,
  5. double-channel catheter,
  6. double-click,
  7. double-clutch,
  8. double-crested cormorant,
  9. double-crop,
  10. double-cross

Origin of double-check

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55

double check

noun Chess.

a simultaneous check by two pieces in which the moving of one piece to give check also results in discovering a check by another piece. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for double-check



to check twice or again; verify

noun double check

a second examination or verification
chess a simultaneous check from two pieces brought about by moving one piece to give check and thereby revealing a second check from another piece
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for double-check



1958, from double (adj.) + check (v.). Related: Double-checked; double-checking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper