What does checkered mean?

Definitions for checkered
ˈtʃɛk ərdcheck·ered

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word checkered.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. checked, checkered, chequeredadjective

    patterned with alternating squares of color

  2. checkeredadjective

    marked by changeable fortune

    "a checkered business career"


  1. checkeredadjective

    divided into squares, or into light and dark patches.

    That is a checkered tablecloth.

  2. checkeredadjective

    changeable; inconsistent; having variations or uncertainty

    I have a checkered past.


  1. checkered

    Check (also checker, Brit: chequer) is a pattern of modified stripes consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines which form squares. The pattern typically contains two colours where a single checker (that is a single square within the check pattern) is surrounded on all four sides by a checker of a different colour. The pattern is commonly placed onto garments and is, in certain social contexts, applied to clothing which is worn to signify cultural or political affiliations. Such is the case with check in ska and on the keffiyeh. The pattern's all-pervasiveness and simple layout has lent to its practical usage in scientific experimentation and observation, optometry, technology (hardware and software), and as a symbol for responders to associate meaning with.


  1. checkered

    Checkered generally describes a pattern typically comprised of squares in two alternating colors or shades. It can also be used metaphorically to describe something marked by numerous changes, often relating to alternating periods of highs and lows, success and failures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Checkered

    of Checker

  2. Checkeredadjective

    marked with alternate squares or checks of different color or material

  3. Checkeredadjective

    diversified or variegated in a marked manner, as in appearance, character, circumstances, etc

How to pronounce checkered?

How to say checkered in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkered in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkered in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of checkered in a Sentence

  1. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    How can someone who has had such a long and checkered history not be on the appropriate watch lists and how can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena:

    Far better is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

  4. Roy Baumeister:

    The tradition of New Year’s resolutions has a long and checkered history, i’m in favor of self-improvement, and New Year’s is a good excuse to do that. It’s good to take a point every year and assess oneself, to become a better person.

  5. Nicholas Brown:

    This property has an interesting, slightly checkered history, it belonged to the Hell-Fire Club( a secret organization where members of high society were rumored to commit a range of debauched acts) at one point.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for checkered

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for checkered »


Find a translation for the checkered definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"checkered." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 13 Jun 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/checkered>.

Discuss these checkered definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for checkered? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
    A bowel
    B bias
    C permutation
    D intelligence

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for checkered: