from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a pattern of checks or squares: checked cloth.
  • adj. Held in check; restrained.
  • adj. Linguistics Situated in a stopped or closed syllable: a checked vowel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a pattern of checks; checkered.
  • adj. Of syllables, having a coda.
  • adj. Of consonants, glottalized.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of check.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Held back from some action especially by force.
  • adj. having a pattern of alternating dark and light squares in rows and columns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Checkered or variegated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. patterned with alternating squares of color


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Around these parts, checkered is preferred to describe a pattern such as one would see on your lovely shirt. Can't say I've ever heard someone use "checked" the same way...but it could be that I haven't been listening.

    July 12, 2007

  • A checked shirt...or, if you must, a checkered shirt.

    July 12, 2007