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checkered

[chek-erd] /ˈtʃɛk ərd/
adjective
1.
marked by numerous and various shifts or changes; variegated:
a checkered career.
2.
marked by dubious episodes; suspect in character or quality:
a checkered past.
3.
marked with squares:
a checkered fabric.
4.
diversified in color; alternately light and shadowed:
the checkered shade beneath trees.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See checker1, -ed2
Related forms
uncheckered, adjective
Synonyms
1. varied, uneven, irregular, seesaw.

checker1

[chek-er] /ˈtʃɛk ər/
noun
1.
a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
2.
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.
3.
a checkered pattern.
4.
one of the squares of a checkered pattern.
verb (used with object)
5.
to mark like a checkerboard.
6.
to diversify in color; variegate.
7.
to diversify in character; subject to alternations:
Sorrow and joy have checkered his life.
Also, British, chequer.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English checker chessboard < Anglo-French escheker (by aphesis), equivalent to eschec check + -er -er2
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Examples for checkered
  • Red vinyl booths and a checkered tile floor set the scene for after-hours celebrity shenanigans.
  • But a closer look reveals that their checkered history may be an advantage.
  • As we've seen, the history of drug development has been checkered at times.
  • Mike had dressed the gravel bar for us with a checkered tablecloth.
  • It's refreshing to see someone that knows the checkered past and doesn't try to hide from it.
  • As it happens, this is an interpretation of the facts with a checkered history behind it.
  • We could see the hill, which was checkered in the grid pattern of an archaeological dig.
  • They opened the door to a new room with a checkered tile floor eight squares wide by eight squares tall.
  • LG has had a checkered past when it comes to its tablet plans.
  • Geoengineering had a long history but a checkered reputation.
British Dictionary definitions for checkered

chequered

/ˈtʃɛkəd/
adjective
1.
marked by fluctuations of fortune (esp in the phrase a chequered career)

checker1

/ˈtʃɛkə/
noun, verb
1.
the usual US spelling of chequer
noun
2.
(textiles) a variant spelling of chequer (sense 2)
3.
(US & Canadian) any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of checkers Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) draughtsman

checker2

/ˈtʃɛkə/
noun (mainly US & Canadian)
1.
a cashier, esp in a supermarket
2.
an attendant in a cloakroom, left-luggage office, etc
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Word Origin and History for checkered
checker
early 14c., "a chessboard," aphetic of O.Fr. eschekier "chessboard," from M.L. scaccarium (see check). British prefers chequer, but the U.S. form is more authentic. Checkered "marked like a chessboard" is from late 15c.
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