rock·​er ˈrä-kər How to pronounce rocker (audio)
: either of two curving pieces of wood or metal on which an object (such as a cradle) rocks
: 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
: any of various objects in the form of a rocker or with parts resembling a rocker (such as a skate with a curved blade)
: any of the curved stripes at the lower part of a chevron worn by a noncommissioned officer above the rank of sergeant
: the curved stripe at the upper part of a chevron worn by a chief petty officer
: any of various devices that work with a rocking motion
: 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 The rockers will follow in the footsteps of U2, who inaugurated the space just weeks ago. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Over the years, both rockers have spoken candidly about their long-running friendship. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 The lounge rocker folds almost flat and opens as easily as any other folding chair. Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2023 End of carousel During the era of the golden god, when jean-stuffing rockers roamed the Earth searching for drugs, groupies and TV sets to toss, the members of Rush seemed content keeping to themselves. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Casinos promote maturing rockers, and Albuquerque features a veritable ecosystem of personal-injury attorney ads. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Enough so, in fact, that these Frankenmuth, Mi rockers may someday join their heroes Led Zeppelin in Cleveland. 12. Jim Harrington, SPIN, 8 Nov. 2023 The rocker then spoke about his son on the One Life One Chance with Toby Morse podcast late last month. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 Unlike the wholesome pop of that movie tie-in album, Desire Wire cast Bullens as an arena-ready rocker eager to kick out a few jams. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rocker was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Rocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


rock·​er ˈräk-ər How to pronounce rocker (audio)
: a curving piece of wood or metal on which an object (as a cradle) rocks
: a structure or device (as a chair) that rocks on rockers
: a device that works with a rocking motion
: a rock singer, musician, fan, or song

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