Definition of checkered in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHekərd/


1Having a pattern of alternating squares of different colors.
Example sentences
  • 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, plaid, tartan, multicolored, many-colored
1.1Marked by periods of varied fortune or discreditable incidents: his checkered past might hurt his electability
More example sentences
  • 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, up and down, full of ups and downs, vicissitudinous;
unstable, irregular, erratic, inconstant

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Syllabification: check·ered

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