checkered

[chek-erd]
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; Middle English. See checker1, -ed2

uncheckered, adjective


1. varied, uneven, irregular, seesaw.
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checker

1 [chek-er]
noun
1.
a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
2.
checkers.
a.
Also called, British, draughts. (used with a singular verb) a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
b.
(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. See diag. under open-hearth.
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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checker1 (ˈtʃɛkə)
 
n, —vb
1.  the usual US spelling of chequer
 
n
2.  textiles a variant spelling of chequer
3.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): draughtsman any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of checkers

checker2 (ˈtʃɛkə)
 
n
1.  a cashier, esp in a supermarket
2.  an attendant in a cloakroom, left-luggage office, etc

chequered or esp (US) checkered (ˈtʃɛkəd)
 
adj
marked by fluctuations of fortune (esp in the phrase a chequered career)
 
checkered or esp (US) checkered
 
adj

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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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Example sentences
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.
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.
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