chequered

[[t]tʃe̱kə(r)d[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If a person or organization has had a chequered career or history, they have had a varied past with both good and bad periods.

He had a chequered political career spanning nearly forty years...

Alan had led a very chequered past and had been to prison lots of times.

2) ADJ: ADJ n Something that is chequered has a pattern with squares of two or more different colours.

...red chequered tablecloths.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • chequered — is the standard BrE spelling for the word in its literal meaning ‘having a pattern of alternately coloured squares’ and in its figurative meaning ‘uneven, of varied fortune’, as in a chequered career …   Modern English usage

  • chequered — UK [ˈtʃekə(r)d] / US [ˈtʃekərd] adjective 1) if someone has had a chequered past or a chequered career, they have experienced both successes and failures Her chequered musical career is indeed the stuff of storybooks. 2) a chequered pattern or… …   English dictionary

  • chequered — adj. Chequered is used with these nouns: ↑career, ↑flag, ↑history, ↑past …   Collocations dictionary

  • chequered — [ˈtʃekəd] adj a chequered pattern consists of squares …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • chequered — /ˈtʃɛkəd/ (say chekuhd) adjective 1. marked by wide or frequent alteration; diversified: a chequered career. 2. marked in squares. 3. diversified in colour. Also, US, checkered …   Australian English dictionary

  • chequered — chequ|ered [ˈtʃekəd US ərd] adj a British spelling of ↑checkered …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chequered — chequ|ered [ tʃekərd ] the British spelling of checkered …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chequered — cheq·uered || tʃekÉ™d adj. decorated with a pattern of squares cheq·uer || tʃekÉ™ n. (British) tiny plastic or wood piece (red or black) used in checkers v. diversify with color, variegate; mark like a checkerboard (also checker) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chequered — adjective marked by periods of fluctuating fortune: → chequer …   English new terms dictionary

  • chequered — adjective a British spelling of checkered …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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