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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 ?
When they came out of the woods, all his attention was engrossed by the view of the fallow land on the upland, in parts yellow with grass, in parts trampled and checkered with furrows, in parts dotted with ridges of dung, and in parts even ploughed.
It is a park checkered by pleasant highways and avenues.
From time to time she heard the loud laughter, the noisy voice of Quasimodo in her ear; she half opened her eyes; then below her she confusedly beheld Paris checkered with its thousand roofs of slate and tiles, like a red and blue mosaic, above her head the frightful and joyous face of Quasimodo.