rocker

noun rock·er \ ˈrä-kər \

Definition of rocker

1 a :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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First Known Use of rocker

1760



ROCKER Defined for English Language Learners

rocker

noun

Definition of rocker for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROCKER Defined for Kids

rocker

noun rock·er \ ˈrä-kər \

Definition of rocker for Students

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


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