Definition of chequer in English:


(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?’
    • ‘I don't like checker patterns and tweed-like materials in general, and the jockey hats are a tad bit weird.’
    • ‘The other one was talking to the third child, a smaller boy, who was dressed in a red and black checker coat.’
    • ‘Over the chancel arch is a fresco chequer pattern, probably C12.’
    • ‘They opened the game room on Thursdays after school and from 3 until 8 they could play ping-pong or pool or checkers or something.’
    • ‘The sun began to peek in through the faded blue checker curtains, bringing the afternoon hours with it.’
    • ‘The floor was done in a tiled checker pattern, black and white.’
    • ‘The theme of the room was black and white checkers.’
  • 2North American treated as singular The game of draughts.

    • ‘Seeing things like this just gets me wanting to play chess, lose, and resort to checkers (chess' dumber yet more outgoing brother).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Currently restrained in a wheelchair, he sat peacefully in the meadow as a young counselor helped him play checkers with a fellow ‘severely impaired’ child.’
    • ‘Holden cares a great deal for Jane, and they used to have a close friendship, playing checkers all the time two summers ago, when their families were summer neighbors.’
    • ‘There's a table to play checkers on over there, too.’
    • ‘Play a game together, like checkers or backgammon’
    • ‘Now go back to losing checkers so I can watch this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So wait, hold on, he wanted to play checkers with you?’
    • ‘You can just go play checkers with Gloria or something.’
    • ‘The two watched the parody of a checkers game in silence for a few moments, relaxing in the mood of the evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the hands went into the living room after dinner to play cards, chess, checkers, or other popular games.’
    • ‘They also played board games like checkers, chess, and dominoes.’
    • ‘I wish my parents would get a hobby, like croquet or checkers.’
    • ‘They eventually made their way to the parlor to join the men and spend the rest of the evening playing bridge, checkers, knitting and talking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Downstairs Laura was playing checkers with Peggy.’
    • ‘Families and friends gather on their verandas in the evening for friendly games of checkers and cards.’
    • ‘It is common to see them playing cards, checkers, and chess with friends.’
    • ‘Lydia poured herself a mug each of hot apple cider and eggnog, filled her plate with warm sugar cookies and spicy gingerbread fresh from the oven, and went back in the living room to play checkers with herself.’
    • ‘Devon invited me home with him for holidays, and before I knew it, I was playing checkers with Linden and Ryan, helping Dev tease Katy and Lucy, and eating whatever Melinda happened to cook.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, why don't you guys play some checkers to help pass the time?’
    • ‘The most common game played by all ages is checkers.’
    • ‘Othello, a cross between checkers and tic-tac-toe, is a popular game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And experts say older women are big gamers online, though they tend to gravitate to casual time-passers like checkers, chess and Scrabble.’
    • ‘He says that as the level of hacker sophistication goes up, the level of difficulty will be like the difference between checkers and chess.’
    • ‘As the boys' club organizers had hoped, thousands of children from the toughest neighborhoods were persuaded to spend their evenings indoors playing checkers or basketball.’
    • ‘Chess, checkers, Candyland, or Chutes and Ladders are popular game choices for this age group.’
    • ‘The events include basketball, chess, checkers, table tennis, roller-skating and karate.’
    • ‘Melissa and Joseph were playing checkers in Joseph's room while watching television and they were planning to eat lunch there.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 A piece used in the game of draughts.
      • ‘His book flew out of his hand, the checkerboard slammed into the settee, and all of the little black and red checkers escaped onto the floor and skittered in all directions.’
      • ‘It is played by two players with 15 checkers each - one player plays black, the other white.’
      • ‘Josiah chuckled as he watched her move her first checker piece.’
      • ‘Marbles, checkers, or stones are arranged in several piles.’
      • ‘‘Gotcha again,’ he would say, happily collecting her blue checker off of the checkerboard and placing it into his rather large pile.’


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

    ‘a great plain chequered with corn and green mosses’
    • ‘Fresh and fizzing with a dehumanised, holographic energy, eclectic collaborations chequer the album.’
    • ‘‘I used to checker every pair by hand, but I bought a CNC,’ laments the reluctant Luddite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After checkering the main spring housing at 25 lpi, it was fit and blended into the frame with the bottom corner radiused.’


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).