a. One, such as an inspector or examiner, that checks.
b. One that receives items for temporary safekeeping or for shipment: a baggage checker.
2. One of the round flat pieces used in the game of checkers.
a. A pattern of checks or squares.
b. One of the squares in such a pattern.
4. A cashier.
tr.v. check·ered, check·er·ing, check·ers
1. To mark with a checked or squared pattern.
2. To diversify (something) in color, shading, or character; variegate.
[Middle English cheker, chessboard, alteration of escheker, from Old French eschequier, from eschec, check in chess; see CHECK.]
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