rock·er | \ˈrä-kər \

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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There's even a bit of slapback on that vocal as Jim Andreas sings of a sad, sad generator he's convinced will take the pain away on the most contagious rocker of the year so far. Ed Masley, azcentral, "These are the best songs of 2018, so far," 12 July 2018 In 2016, Gvasalia created a limited-edition hoodie dedicated to the Russian rocker Zemfira. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 But the one piece of furniture that had Joanna's Instagram followers and celebs alike going wild is the rocker Crew's sleeping in. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Here's Where To Buy Joanna Gaines's Chic Baby Bouncer — And See Inside Her Nursery," 1 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Year seven of this tucked-away, independently operated gathering boasts a Tom Petty theme, with several of the Sacramento-area artists on the lineup teasing a plot to pay tribute to the late iconic rocker throughout the weekend. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Owlfest gathering in Grass Valley pays tribute to Tom Petty," 21 June 2018 The veteran rocker's show — which has grossed $65.3 million at the box office to date — was structured around excerpts from his 2016 memoir, Born to Run. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys: Bruce Springsteen Honored With Special Award," 11 June 2018 That’s his chiming, often outrageously distorted vintage Rickenbacker 330 electric guitar pumping up the rockers. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, "New album a career peak for singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne," 1 June 2018 Your best bet to see the rockers is in Boston in September. Todd Stewart,, "Orlando concerts: 7 tours NOT coming to Orlando this summer," 1 June 2018 The rocker had been had been vacationing on Gran Canaria, one of Spain's Canary Islands, RT reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Russian rocker kicked off flight for odor dies of disease he called 'very smelly'," 28 June 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 \

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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