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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Along with the bangs that hit above her brows, Gigi's wig featured pieces of hair that framed her face, and other wispy tresses that looked very edgy and rocker chic. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Debuted Baby Bangs During a Photo Shoot," 18 Oct. 2018 The explosive Detroit band MC5 is back for a fourth try, as are the 1960s rockers the Zombies. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Nicks, Def Leppard among first-time rock hall nominees," 9 Oct. 2018 Summer shows include the a capella group Midwest Vocal Express July 14, the bluegrass band Pickin' Up Speed July 21 and classic rockers British Invasion '64 July 28. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 Other intriguing attractions at the Delaware fest include rapper Lil Wayne, jazz man Kamasi Washington, and Brit rockers Arctic Monkeys, who sound like a lounge act on the moon on their new album. Dan Deluca,, "Summer concerts: U2, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift and more come to Philly," 6 June 2018 The downtown headquarters for White’s Third Man Records label also features a record store and novelty shop, along with a live stage that has hosted acts like folk-punk band AJJ and alternative rockers Redd Kross. Andrea Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country)," 18 May 2018 Then, over the weekend, Kraft was in Cleveland to see his buddy, Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi, get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mark Shanahan,, "Back from Cleveland, Robert Kraft watches the Celts win with Ricki Lander," 18 Apr. 2018 Country group Whiskey Six and rockers Sweet 903 also performed. Linda Trischitta,, "Hundreds support grieving dad's Ride for Meadow fundraiser," 31 Mar. 2018 In other boldface transactions in February, the rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the comedian Seth Meyers each sold condominium units in the West Village. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Triplex Fit for a Prince, and Owned by One, Finally Sells," 1 Mar. 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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