/chek"euhrd/, 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.
[1350-1400; ME. See CHECKER1, -ED2]
Syn. 1. varied, uneven, irregular, seesaw.

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