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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My look was eclectic but with a rocker’s perspective. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Led Zeppelin Changed the Life of John Varvatos—and It Wasn’t the Music," 11 Dec. 2018 For her this means getting to stretch new muscles as a nineties-era punk rocker in Her Smell, opposite Elisabeth Moss and Cara Delevingne. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme took to Twitter on Friday (June 29) to share a touching letter from his late pal Anthony Bourdain addressed to the rocker's daughter, Camille. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Josh Homme Shares Sweet Letter Anthony Bourdain Wrote to His Daughter," 2 July 2018 Kid Rock's arena-opening show in September drew about 200 demonstrators, who cited the Michigan rocker's past use of the Confederate flag and called his concert an insult to Detroit. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Activists protest R. Kelly at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena: 'Black girls do matter'," 22 Feb. 2018 After a galaxy-spanning collective makes contact with Earth, glam-rocker Danesh Jalo of Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeros is invited to audition on behalf of humanity to establish that humans are sentient. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 McALLEN, Texas — Ted Cruz, the firebrand Republican senator, and Beto O’Rourke, the ex-punk rocker turned Democratic congressman trying to unseat him, don’t agree on much. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 June 2018 At the time, this had something to do with my crushes on two cast members: British punk-rocker Neil Forrester and Berlin DJ Lars Schlichting. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "When ‘The Real World’ Gave Up on Reality," 6 June 2018 The Orioles have noted red-rockers Buck Showalter and Manny Machado. Jonas Shaffer,, "Even M&T Bank Stadium rocked the red during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final," 4 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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