check·​book ˈchek-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce checkbook (audio)
: a book containing blank checks to be drawn on a bank

Examples of checkbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or as Thomson might put it: This matter looks set to settle with a checkbook, in the courtroom, or continue as a conundrum. Lachlan Cartwright, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Harbaugh knows that to win with the Chargers, his owners will have to keep their checkbooks open. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 As previously reported in The Times, several of OMA’s high-level donors have either shifted their support to the Rollins Museum of Art at the nearby Rollins College, or were sitting on their checkbooks. Brett Sokol, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 This doesn't impress Lizzie's mom, who's in town to tell her daughter to get back to college or to say goodbye to mom and dad's checkbook. Sara Netzley,, 7 Sep. 2023 In the interim, Lauder has closed his checkbook to Trump. Noah Rothman, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 Yet swings in usage can be seen as one measure of where folks with good-sized checkbooks or generous employers are moving. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024 Actually, New York drill itself is a subgenre that has been fairly easy for opportunistic content creators and executives with fat checkbooks to exploit. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 12 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, a string of big drugmakers are opening up their checkbooks, including Novartis and GSK. Karen Langley, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of checkbook was circa 1846

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“Checkbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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check·​book ˈchek-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce checkbook (audio)
: a book of blank bank checks

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