Is -que the same as -ck?
Does it mean something different?
For example, is cheque the same as check?
No, -que and -ck are not interchangeable in general.
The final -que pronounced [k] in English is only found in words of non-Germanic origin, usually French. In French, this is a very common word ending. In English, -que- is naturally pronounced [kwi] (the vowel may vary depending on what follows the
e), but when -que is at the end of a word, it is pronounced in a French-like way.
In the word cheque/check meaning a method of payment, both spellings are possible. The meaning is the same. As usual, the French spelling is the standard one in British English while the more phonetic spelling is the standard one in American English. When check means verify or verification, it is always spelled check.
Most other words that end in -que cannot be spelled another way. In fact, while there are several other -que/-ck pairs, I can't think of another one where the two can have the same meaning: others are just different words that happen to have somewhat similar spellings and pronunciation. (Not identical pronunciation: as a rule, the vowel before -que is long and stressed, whereas the vowel before -ck is short.)
No these are not same. Cheque is a bill of exchange (used in banking) by which you order banks to pay someone money from your account. It is a verb also that means withdraw money with cheque.
Check- means examine, verify, control, stop or slow down progress of something etc.
Why didn’t they check to make sure it worked ?...checking emails... Sugar solution checks growth of bacteria...etc.
Cheque is used not only as a noun but also as a verb and you can verify it here The website quotes this definition from Random House Webster's College Dictionary 2010, which I think is pretty reliable source of information. Another source is WordNet 3.1
Using cheque, a person who has a account in bank can withdraw money from bank, in other words orders the bank to pay the amount. If someone issues you, say a $100 cheque, it is not you but the person who has account with bank is withdrawing money.