checkered

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Checker \Check"er\ (ch[e^]k"[~e]r), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Checkered} (ch[e^]k"[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Checkering}.] [From OF. eschequier a chessboard, F. ['e]chiquier. See {Check}, noun, and cf. 3d {Checker}.]

1. To mark with small squares like a checkerboard, as by crossing stripes of different colors.

2. To variegate or diversify with different qualities, colors, scenes, or events; esp., to subject to frequent alternations of prosperity and adversity.

Our minds are, as it were, checkered with truth and falsehood. --Addison.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Checkered \Check"ered\ (ch[e^]k"[~e]rd), adjective

1. Marked with alternate squares or checks of different color or material.

Dancing in the checkered shade. --Milton.

2. Diversified or variegated in a marked manner, as in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.; as, a character with a checkered past

This checkered narrative. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

checkered

adjective

1: patterned with alternating squares of color [syn: {checked}, {checkered}, {chequered}]

2: marked by changeable fortune; "a checkered business career"


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