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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That's yielded appearances by such esteemed figures as bluegrass patriarchs Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley, revered singer-songwriters including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, and country rockers such as Jerry Lee Lewis. Randy Lewis,, "Stagecoach reveals the many niches within country," 30 Apr. 2018 Owning the rocker vibe is as easy as following this foolproof equation: grunge graphic tee + destroyed denim + faux leather + vintage-y sunnies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Dufour said that Roger Waters, now 74 and still touring as a rocker, refused to have his piece turned into a rock opera since the album was released in 1979. Madeline Mitchell,, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Friday Eddie Money The tradition rolls on: For the 27th straight year, this seasoned New York rocker is helping kick off the season at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Upcoming Detroit concerts: Movement, Slayer, Post Malone, Eddie Money, more," 24 May 2018 Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee is alleging that his 21-year-old son, Brandon Lee, knocked him unconscious in a domestic altercation. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Tommy Lee claims 21-year-old son Brandon Lee assaulted him," 7 Mar. 2018 The soulful rocker is fresh off her Company Brewing residency in February, and next month, will issue an exclusive Record Store Day release with WMSE-FM (91.7). Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Abby Jeanne added to Journal Sentinel's free Wisconsin Bands to Watch 2018 concert Friday," 27 Feb. 2018 The Breaker canvas rocker by Pacific Joinery, $1,195; Tulip tree stump by Arbor Upcycle, from $175; Wilo pillow by Whole France, $122; Teak camp stool (similar), $228; Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "Throw a Backyard Summer Camp-Inspired Bash," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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