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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.
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checkered

adj.

late 14c., past participle adjective from checker (v.). Checkered past attested by 1831.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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