checkered history

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of checkered history

:a past history of having had problems
  • When it comes to labor relations, the company has a somewhat checkered history.

Word by Word Definitions

checkered play
  1. : marked by alternation or contrast of fortune

history play
  1. : tale, story

  2. : a chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes

  3. : a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena (as of geography, animals, or plants)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up checkered history? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!