check·​ered | \ ˈche-kərd How to pronounce checkered (audio) \

Definition of checkered

: marked by alternation or contrast of fortune the best album of his checkered career— Mark Coleman especially : marked by many problems or failures trying to prevent discovery of his checkered past

Examples of checkered in a Sentence

He has had a checkered career with many ups and downs.

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At the same time that Hari Nef was basking in the sun in a red checkered blazer, Kylie Jenner was rocking that same hue with a pair of hot pants. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and More Incredible Fashion Moments From this Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 Nwandu’s childhood was difficult and checkered with tragedy. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 Ford fell short in the final overtime sprint to the checkered flag on Sunday, perhaps because McDowell made a lane change that separated him from Logano. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano," 19 Feb. 2019 Pretty soon the black and white checkered dance floor was packed and the only way to get to the bar was to salsa through the crowd. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Received a Standing Ovation at Hamilton’s Opening Night in Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2019 The master bathroom features a checkered floor and a wall of stone. Jack Flemming,, "Skateboarder Anthony Van Engelen hopes to land a buyer in Hancock Park," 21 June 2018 Carved molding still lines the ceilings and stairwell, and checkered marble floors have been preserved — alongside newly installed Wi-Fi access and large, digital displays in conference rooms. Cody Boteler,, "CCBC to open Hilton Mansion as part of Catonsville Home and Garden Tour," 1 May 2018 An enormous, updated kitchen combines stone counters and a glass tile backsplash with an old-school checkered floor. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Antique condos in Salem and Chelsea," 27 Apr. 2018 Between then and now, checkered linoleum floors, chrome dinette sets, and massive hanging pot racks all had their moment. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Why Kitchen Islands Are Ruining America’s Kitchens," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of checkered

1656, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of checkered

: having a pattern made up of squares of different colors
: including good parts and bad parts
: including many problems or failures


check·​ered | \ ˈche-kərd How to pronounce checkered (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkered

: having a pattern made up of squares of different colors

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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