Definition of chequered in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛkəd/
(US checkered)


1Having a pattern consisting of alternating squares of different colours: a blue and white chequered tablecloth
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  • The wooden board had a checkered pattern of sixty-four black and white squares and a compartment on either side of the board.
  • Modern checkered patterns and jacquards and high-quality uni-colours are the most popular in the international market this spring.
  • The modern game dates from the 15th century, when the board of squares became chequered and the pieces gained their present form.
checked, multicoloured, many-coloured, harlequin, varicoloured, particoloured
2Marked by periods of varied fortune or discreditable incidents: the chequered history of post-war Britain
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  • What was Adams thinking when he hired a man with a checkered past and a history of skirting the rules?
  • The story, a labyrinthine mystery set in 1830s France, concerns a brilliant detective with a checkered past on the trail of a potentially supernatural killer who wears a featureless, reflective mask.
  • He pokes fun at his checkered past by greeting concert audiences with the catchphrase, ‘Good to be here, good to be anywhere.’
varied, mixed, eventful, full of ups and downs, up and down;
unsettled, unstable, irregular, erratic, inconstant, fluctuating, changeful;
diverse, diversified, multifaceted, many-faceted
rare vicissitudinous

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