Definition of checkered
1 : marked by alternating squares of different colors, shades, or materials a checkered fabric checkered tablecloths — see also checkered flag
2 : marked by alternation or contrast of fortune … the best album of his checkered career— Mark Coleman especially : marked by many problems or failures … had a checkered past that included convictions for battery and tax evasion. — Charlotte Triggs et al.
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