check·​ers ˈche-kərz How to pronounce checkers (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a checkerboard game for 2 players each with 12 pieces

Examples of checkers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Members the Territorial Defense Forces who guard a large checkpoint briefly played a game of checkers with Molotov cocktails, as seen on the eastern outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 5. Time, 23 Nov. 2022 Nothing beats sitting on the porch on a crisp autumn day while playing a round of checkers with a loved one or little one. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 3 Oct. 2022 Facebook pages, groups or accounts that repeatedly share content debunked by fact checkers may also have their reach reduced or lose the ability to advertise or monetize, according to the company. Naomi Thomas, CNN, 13 July 2022 Uncanny weaving ability to slip past would-be checkers and create space for himself and linemates. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 This supersized, two-sided game board features checkers on one side and two versions of Tic Tac Toe on the other. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 May 2022 Maureen Greene, an assistant regional commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, says price checkers have very strict data-collection rules. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 10 May 2022 The patient could play checkers but ignored the pieces on the left side of the board. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2014 On the track Youth prevailed at the Daytona 500 as well, with rookie Austin Cindric taking the checkers. John Marshall, Chicago Tribune, 26 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of checkers was in 1712

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Cite this Entry

“Checkers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


check·​ers ˈchek-ərz How to pronounce checkers (audio)
: a game played on a checkerboard by two persons each having 12 pieces
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