checkered

adjective
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.

First Known Use of checkered

1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkered was in 1656

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checkered

adjective

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

checkered

adjective
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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