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1. Divided into squares.
2. Marked by light and dark patches; diversified in color.
3. Characterized by shifts in fortune or dishonorable acts: a checkered career.


(ˈtʃɛk ərd)

1. marked by numerous shifts or changes: a checkered career.
2. marked by dubious episodes: a checkered past.
3. marked with squares.
4. varigated in color or shading.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.checkered - patterned with alternating squares of color
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
2.checkered - marked by changeable fortune; "a checkered business career"
changeful, changeable - such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change; "changeable behavior"; "changeable moods"; "changeable prices"
References in classic literature ?
She caught sight of a little green table, blotched with the checkered sunlight that filtered through the quivering leaves overhead.
As for his dress, it was of the simplest kind; a summer sack of cheap and ordinary material, thin checkered pantaloons, and a straw hat, by no means of the finest braid.
As I live, these covered parts of him were checkered with the same squares as his face; his back, too, was all over the same dark squares; he seemed to have been in a Thirty Years' War, and just escaped from it with a sticking-plaster shirt.
Her complexion was very fair, with the rosy glow of vigorous health in her cheeks, her face was full of character and expression, her eyes were brown and liquid, and she had a heavy suit of fine soft hair which was also brown, but the fact was not apparent because her head was bound about with a checkered handkerchief and the hair was concealed under it.
Well, others had sought Malbihn for similar reasons in the course of a long and checkered career.
It is a park checkered by pleasant highways and avenues.