Meaning of chequer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃɛkə/


(US checker)
  • 1chequersA pattern of squares, typically alternately coloured.

    ‘a geometric shape bordered by chequers’
    • ‘a chequer design’
    • ‘It's a lovely red chequer pattern - is that flannel?’
    • ‘Over the chancel arch is a fresco chequer pattern, probably C12.’
  • 2

    (also checkers)
    North American treated as singular The game of draughts.

    ‘The place was full of stuff, mainly books, puzzles, and hundreds of different boxed games; chess, backgammon, checkers, and ones I'd never seen before.’
    • ‘Play a game together, like checkers or backgammon’
    • ‘For hours they have been playing all sorts of odd and interesting games, but for now it was Bougsbie, which is a similar board game to checkers.’
    • ‘Chess, checkers, Candyland, or Chutes and Ladders are popular game choices for this age group.’
    • ‘All the hands went into the living room after dinner to play cards, chess, checkers, or other popular games.’
    • ‘It is an open declaration to your opponent that you have no idea what you're doing, and that maybe checkers is your game.’
    • ‘I bought a deck of cards and a travel game of checkers.’
    • ‘He says that as the level of hacker sophistication goes up, the level of difficulty will be like the difference between checkers and chess.’
    • ‘Seeing things like this just gets me wanting to play chess, lose, and resort to checkers (chess' dumber yet more outgoing brother).’
    • ‘We would hone our skills at checkers, card games, and the telling of ghost stories until it was time to drop, tiredly, but happily into bed, eager to greet the next day to come.’
    • ‘The events include basketball, chess, checkers, table tennis, roller-skating and karate.’
    • ‘I received a pen and quill to go along with a thick green diary, a small lute and some music sheets to play some tunes, a checkers / chess board with pieces, and a jar of lip-gloss.’
    • ‘Other activities were also found helpful, including playing chess, checkers, playing a musical instrument, and reading.’
    • ‘A couple of them got to work, one or two asked to be released to talk to other teachers, and a few were playing checkers and chess quietly.’
    • ‘It is common to see them playing cards, checkers, and chess with friends.’
    • ‘The two watched the parody of a checkers game in silence for a few moments, relaxing in the mood of the evening.’
    • ‘The most common game played by all ages is checkers.’
    • ‘Othello, a cross between checkers and tic-tac-toe, is a popular game.’
    • ‘I wish my parents would get a hobby, like croquet or checkers.’
    • ‘Later, at home, he'll ask me to explain how to play checkers, how to blow enormous bubble gum bubbles, and how to fly a kite.’
    1. 2.1A piece used in the game of draughts.
      • ‘Josiah chuckled as he watched her move her first checker piece.’


(US checker)
[with object]
  • Divide into or mark with an arrangement of squares of different colour or character.

    ‘sunlight fell through the trees, chequering the stones’
    • ‘a great plain chequered with corn and green mosses’
    • ‘After checkering the main spring housing at 25 lpi, it was fit and blended into the frame with the bottom corner radiused.’
    • ‘Fresh and fizzing with a dehumanised, holographic energy, eclectic collaborations chequer the album.’
    • ‘The squares of sunlight that checkered our path were coldly white.’
    • ‘It seems he wanted Jim to checker the top at 50 lines per inch.’
    • ‘‘I used to checker every pair by hand, but I bought a CNC,’ laments the reluctant Luddite.’


Middle English from exchequer. The original sense ‘chessboard’ gave rise to chequered meaning ‘marked like a chessboard’; hence the sense ‘pattern of squares’ (early 16th century).