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

Examples of rocker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New Wave rocker Ric Ocasek was inducted as lead vocalist for The Cars, who roared out of Boston in the late 1970s., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 31 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere NYE Shimmy and shake your way to indie dance euphoria with headlie sets from lofi psych-disco king Neon Indian and cool groove rocker Amtrac. Kat Bein, Billboard, "New Year's Eve 2019 Party Guide: The Best Dance Parties to Ring in 2020," 20 Dec. 2019 Halsey & Evan Peters The singer was seen on a date with the American Horror Story actor at Six Flags Magic Mountain in L.A. on Sept. 21, after her split from British rocker Yungblud. Diane J. Cho,, "Meet the New Celebrity Fall/Winter Couples of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Customers ran the gamut, from punk rockers looking for electric guitars to refined piano teachers looking for sheet music for recitals. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Rockley Music Center preps for its final note at Lakewood location," 16 Dec. 2019 Solo Styles clearly favors a modern-day ‘70s rocker archetype, both in appearance and sound. Washington Post, "How Harry Styles navigated solo stardom, from One Direction to ‘Fine Line’," 13 Dec. 2019 Go the extra mile with a sequin-covered style, or a rocker-chic boot in a roaring leopard print. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is the Snazziest Men’s Dress Shoe for the Holidays," 13 Dec. 2019 Old 97’s: Roots rockers serve up their first Holiday Hoopla!, which should entail holiday favorites but with faster tempos and more sweat. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Houston holiday shows: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Pentatonix and more," 2 Dec. 2019 The all-ages concert begins at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.) and also includes EDM performer Aerotek, rockers Steelheart and Blandini, and locals Elsten Torres, Mason Pace, Jeffrey James Gang, Southern Blood and the BBS Allstars. Ben Crandell,, "Hurricane Dorian benefit concert in Pompano Beach: Cheap Trick, Sebastian Bach, Foghat, DJ Laz," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rocker

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Jan 2020

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“Rocker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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