- a small square, as on a chessboard
- a pattern of such squares
- [pl., with sing. v.] a game played on a checkerboard by two players, each with twelve round, flat pieces to move
- any of these pieces
- service tree
Origin of checkerMiddle English cheker, chessboard, aphetic from escheker from Old French eschekier from Medieval Latin scaccarium: see check
- to mark off in squares, or in patches of color
- to break the uniformity of, as with varied features or events, with changes in fortune, etc.
- a person who examines or verifies
- a person who checks hats, luggage, etc.
- a cashier, as in a supermarket
- a. One, such as an inspector or examiner, that checks.b. One that receives items for temporary safekeeping or for shipment: a baggage checker.
- One of the round flat pieces used in the game of checkers.
- a. A pattern of checks or squares.b. One of the squares in such a pattern.
- A cashier.
transitive verbcheck·ered, check·er·ing, check·ers
- To mark with a checked or squared pattern.
- To diversify (something) in color, shading, or character; variegate.
Origin of checkerMiddle English cheker chessboard alteration of escheker from Old French eschequier from eschec check in chess ; see check .
- A playing piece in the game of checkers (British: draughts).
(third-person singular simple present checkers, present participle checkering, simple past and past participle checkered)
- The fruit of the wild service tree or chequer tree, Sorbus terminalis
- Almost always spelled chequer, because the tree itself is native to areas where that spelling is used, and is pretty much unknown in areas that use the other spelling.