rock·​er | \ ˈrä-kər How to pronounce rocker (audio) \

Definition of rocker

1a : either of two curving pieces of wood or metal on which an object (such as a cradle) rocks
b : any of various objects (such as a rocking chair or an infant's toy having a seat placed between side pieces) that rock on rockers
c : any of various objects in the form of a rocker or with parts resembling a rocker (such as a skate with a curved blade)
d(1) : any of the curved stripes at the lower part of a chevron worn by a noncommissioned officer above the rank of sergeant
(2) : the curved stripe at the upper part of a chevron worn by a chief petty officer
2 : any of various devices that work with a rocking motion
3 : a rock performer, song, or enthusiast
off one's rocker
: in a state marked by extreme confusion or mental unsoundness … he felt dizzy, slightly off his rocker at this extraordinary assailment of his senses.— Bernard Malamud

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Her glam had a rocker edge—a messy fringe bang and loose wavy hair paired with a coral smokey eye. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is "Freakishly Obsessed" with Liam Hemsworth and So Are We TBH," 26 Apr. 2019 Joanna wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of Crew swaddled in a $250 rocker by Parisian baby outfitter Charlie Crane. Dave Quinn,, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Tradition Chip Is Continuing with Newborn Son Crew — See the Photo," 6 July 2018 Greene is also confident that the clip's exuberance well reflects the song, a twangy rocker that opens the EP. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Jackie Greene's 'Crazy Comes Easy' Video Finds a Three-Time Cancer Survivor Dancing Through Life: Premiere," 25 June 2018 She was seen as polite, never in-your-face, not a boat-rocker. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rod Rosenstein delivers a stirring lecture on the rule of law, but actions matter more than words," 8 June 2018 Some of his best guest work includes a rocker who sings about stealing Scotty's girl in EuroTrip and an actor portraying Loki in a play within the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "You probably missed the best cameo in 'Deadpool 2' (spoilers!)," 21 May 2018 The former punk rocker employed an unconventional approach to his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz with a rebellious strategy that rejected pollsters, political consultants and scripted speeches. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "O’Rourke’s casual style to be tested by national campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 The Danish punk outfit is headed to Chicago’s House of Vans for a free show Thursday night as part of its summer house parties series, along with psych-rockers The Black Lips, Mary Lattimore and Torture Love. Jessi Roti,, "A grander, less thrashy Iceage still lets the music speak for itself," 19 June 2018 Three further titles arrive inside the top ten, with rockers Five Finger Death Punch in at No. 7 with And Justice For None (Eleven Seven). Paul Sexton, Billboard, "'Greatest Showman' Rules U.K. Album Chart Again, Royal Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason on The Rise," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of rocker

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of rocker

: a curved piece of wood or metal on which an object (such as a cradle or chair) moves back and forth or from side to side
: someone who plays or performs rock music
: someone who enjoys listening to rock music


rock·​er | \ ˈrä-kər How to pronounce rocker (audio) \

Kids Definition of rocker

2 : a curving piece of wood or metal on which an object (as a cradle or rocking chair) rocks

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