Main definitions of checker in English

: checker1checker2

checker1

noun

  • 1A person or thing that verifies or examines something.

    ‘a spelling checker’
    • ‘It has no editors, no fact checkers and anyone can contribute an entry - or delete one.’
    • ‘Sandy is the assistant number checker.’
    • ‘But that story has been written and played out so often that you don't need a fact checker to verify that.’
    • ‘Even the grammar checker on my computer has a problem with that one.’
    • ‘A nicer system would allow you to fill out your paper by hand, then you insert it in the checker which reads your ballot.’
    • ‘The problem is that there are no editors and no fact checkers, so plenty of what you read on blogs is just plain untrue.’
    • ‘The post-debate fact checkers will have a field day with it.’
    • ‘Imagine her embarrassment when the checker got on the public address system and boomed out for the entire store to hear.’
    • ‘She's used fact checkers, various sources and even called the US State Department way back in 2002 seeking a source for the quote.’
    • ‘In Berlin, we saw ticket checkers enter subway trains where the on-the-spot fine is $30 and we started buying tickets again.’
    • ‘The checker will also provide info on whether broadband services have been, or will be, affected by planned engineering works.’
    • ‘The file checker will find damaged files, but it can't fix them.’
    • ‘Have you ever wondered why the grammar checker in your word processor is so terrible?’
    • ‘As a fact checker, I'm responsible for verifying every last name, number, and nuance of every article I see.’
    • ‘Men posing as water supply checkers called to a number of homes in the Tramore area and in one instance they managed to make their way into the home of one resident and while one distracted her the other stole the cash.’
    • ‘My solution is keep it simple, two firewalls, two operating systems and two virus checkers.’
    • ‘My target would always be unsuspecting price checkers.’
    • ‘The instrument is more objective than human flavor checkers and could help standardize the catfish industry.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter how many badge checkers and gun-toting security personnel you've hired.’
    • ‘Ultimately, what is wanted is a computer routine similar to the grammar checker which would be programmed to highlight words and phrases which were likely to be misunderstood at the receiving end.’
    examiner, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, surveyor, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analyst
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  • 2US A cashier in a supermarket.

    • ‘I had quite a bit more sympathy for Brendan, the hapless teenaged supermarket checker, than did the author of the book.’
    • ‘A series of essays from various regular Americans on love, work, and life in the United States, including a housewife and supermarket checker.’
    • ‘At a recent trip to the supermarket the checker accidentally failed to me charge for some items.’
    • ‘The checker in Aisle 4 at the supermarket stared at me.’

Pronunciation

checker

/ˈCHekər//ˈtʃɛkər/

Main definitions of checker in English

: checker1checker2

checker2

(British chequer)

noun

  • 1often checkersA pattern of squares, typically alternately colored.

    ‘a geometric shape bordered by checkers’
    ‘a checker design’
  • 2North American treated as singular A game for two players, with twelve pieces each, played on a checkerboard.

    1. 2.1 A round flat piece, usually red or black, used to play checkers.

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

checker

/ˈCHekər//ˈtʃɛkər/