Definition of chequer in English:


(US checker)


  • 1chequersA pattern of squares, typically alternately coloured.

    ‘a geometric shape bordered by chequers’
    ‘a chequer design’
    • ‘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 floor was done in a tiled checker pattern, black and white.’
    • ‘It's a lovely red chequer pattern - is that flannel?’
    • ‘Over the chancel arch is a fresco chequer pattern, probably C12.’
    • ‘I don't like checker patterns and tweed-like materials in general, and the jockey hats are a tad bit weird.’
    • ‘The theme of the room was black and white checkers.’
    • ‘The sun began to peek in through the faded blue checker curtains, bringing the afternoon hours with it.’
    • ‘The other one was talking to the third child, a smaller boy, who was dressed in a red and black checker coat.’
  • 2North American treated as singular The game of draughts.

    • ‘And experts say older women are big gamers online, though they tend to gravitate to casual time-passers like checkers, chess and Scrabble.’
    • ‘Downstairs Laura was playing checkers with Peggy.’
    • ‘So wait, hold on, he wanted to play checkers with you?’
    • ‘You can just go play checkers with Gloria or something.’
    • ‘Now go back to losing checkers so I can watch this.’
    • ‘Chess, checkers, Candyland, or Chutes and Ladders are popular game choices for this age group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two watched the parody of a checkers game in silence for a few moments, relaxing in the mood of the evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also played board games like checkers, chess, and dominoes.’
    • ‘Here, why don't you guys play some checkers to help pass the time?’
    • ‘Melissa and Joseph were playing checkers in Joseph's room while watching television and they were planning to eat lunch there.’
    • ‘Play a game together, like checkers or backgammon’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a table to play checkers on over there, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other activities were also found helpful, including playing chess, checkers, playing a musical instrument, and reading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Families and friends gather on their verandas in the evening for friendly games of checkers and cards.’
    • ‘Othello, a cross between checkers and tic-tac-toe, is a popular game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The events include basketball, chess, checkers, table tennis, roller-skating and karate.’
    • ‘All the hands went into the living room after dinner to play cards, chess, checkers, or other popular games.’
    • ‘I wish my parents would get a hobby, like croquet or checkers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is an open declaration to your opponent that you have no idea what you're doing, and that maybe checkers is your game.’
    • ‘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 most common game played by all ages is checkers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seeing things like this just gets me wanting to play chess, lose, and resort to checkers (chess' dumber yet more outgoing brother).’
    • ‘It is common to see them playing cards, checkers, and chess with friends.’
    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.’
      • ‘Marbles, checkers, or stones are arranged in several piles.’
      • ‘Josiah chuckled as he watched her move her first checker piece.’
      • ‘‘Gotcha again,’ he would say, happily collecting her blue checker off of the checkerboard and placing it into his rather large pile.’
      • ‘It is played by two players with 15 checkers each - one player plays black, the other white.’


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

    ‘a great plain chequered with corn and green mosses’
    • ‘It seems he wanted Jim to checker the top at 50 lines per inch.’
    • ‘Fresh and fizzing with a dehumanised, holographic energy, eclectic collaborations chequer the album.’
    • ‘After checkering the main spring housing at 25 lpi, it was fit and blended into the frame with the bottom corner radiused.’
    • ‘The squares of sunlight that checkered our path were coldly white.’
    • ‘‘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).