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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
check•ered /ˈtʃɛkɚd/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. showing changes in different directions:a checkered past.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
check•ered  (chekərd),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. marked by numerous and various shifts or changes;
    variegated:a checkered career.
  2. marked by dubious episodes;
    suspect in character or quality:a checkered past.
  3. marked with squares:a checkered fabric.
  4. diversified in color;
    alternately light and shadowed:the checkered shade beneath trees.
  • Middle English. See checker1, -ed2 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . varied, uneven, irregular, seesaw.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

chequered, esp US checkered /ˈtʃɛkəd/ adj
  1. marked by fluctuations of fortune (esp in the phrase a chequered career)


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