from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Divided into squares.
- adj. Marked by light and dark patches; diversified in color.
- adj. Marked by great changes or shifts in fortune: a checkered career.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of checker.
- adj. divided into squares, or into light and dark patches.
- adj. changeable; inconsistent; having variations or uncertainty
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Marked with alternate squares or checks of different color or material.
- adj. Diversified or variegated in a marked manner, as in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Marked with squares or checkers, like a checker-board; exhibiting squares of different colors; hence, broken into different colors or into lights and shadows.
- Figuratively, variegated with different qualities, scenes, or events; crossed with good and bad fortune.
- Having the wing marked with numerous white spots, larger in size and fewer in number than in the condition termed spangled: used in describing breeds of pigeons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by changeable fortune
- adj. patterned with alternating squares of color
Sorry, no etymologies found.
You can be sure that the term checkered history will be trotted out for virtually every participant in this story.
It looks boring, I don't want to turn darker than I already am, and I don't look good in checkered pants.
The story was that those economies with what one might call a checkered past would be put on the straight and narrow by Germany, which, for reasons of history, had a deep aversion to fiscal irresponsibility and high inflation.
That fritt is also called a checkered lily for those markings.
After an undergraduate career that could charitably be described as checkered -- believe me, that is a charitable description -- I had been in the top ten of the class at the Michigan Law School, and had been looking for a job in a private law firm in Chicago, where I grew up.
A 121-year-old white survivor of Custer's Last Stand recalls his checkered life with Cheyenne, Wild Bill Hickok and medicine shows.
I thought it was interesting that part of Kenseth's comments after the race were apologetic but neither driver discussed in detail their so-called checkered past.
"Earp" avoids Hollywood gloss, recalling his checkered past and his work as an enforcer for a prostitution ring.
Such a double-width band with parted loops (half red half black) will result in a band that is black on the left and red on the right (or vice versa) if the loop taken turned is turned 360° and a kind of "checkered" band with black left and red right, then changing to red left and black right after a while and so on.
I can tell you, that as a registered independant, who basically votes Republican, but leans Libertarian, I like to know what Ann thinks about the candidates because of her, shall we say 'checkered' past voting record.
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