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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Now the capital has been reduced to ashes, Daenerys is officially off her rocker, and Sansa is the only person in Westeros with a lick of sense. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Did Varys Try to Kill Daenerys On 'Game of Thrones'?," 13 May 2019 Actress Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler, is also an owner on the block. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler and More: A Power Block in Greenwich Village," 14 Feb. 2019 Brennin Hunt, who plays the role of rocker Roger Davis, broke his right foot. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Actor in Fox’s ‘Rent’ is injured and the show wasn’t live," 28 Jan. 2019 The on-again-off-again lover of the late rocker Janis Joplin is trying to set the record straight on singer’s death. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Janis Joplin's former lover denies she's to blame for the rocker's death," 3 Aug. 2018 The newsmaking thing to do in 2018 for classic rockers of a certain age is to call it quits. Dan Deluca,, "The classic rock generation is getting ready to retire. Who's going to fill their shoes?," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of rocker

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rocker was in 1760

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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