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 Sellout shows at Little Caesars Arena this year ranged from pop stars (Pink, Ariana Grande, Post Malone) to heavy rockers (Tool, Kiss). Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Little Caesars Arena is No. 2 US concert arena for 2019; DTE is No. 1 amphitheater," 13 Dec. 2019 There’s even a kinship to rockers like Mott the Hoople. John Adamian,, "The Tubes, known for ‘She’s A Beauty,’ playing Hartford," 6 Dec. 2019 Some have ridiculed the Canadian songwriter, arguing that Pono’s better-than-CD resolution was inaudible to the human ear (let alone an old rocker’s ear), or that sound quality is something only old people care about, anyway. Wired, "The Pagan Mechanic Rides Again: Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier," 22 Oct. 2019 Irish coffee crossed the pond a decade before aging rocker Bono was even born. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "Here’s the cold, hard truth about boozy canned coffee: Most of it is terrible," 15 Oct. 2019 The character in [‘We Summon the Darkness’] is just a ton of fun and totally off her rocker. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Generations clash in ‘Tigertail’," 10 Apr. 2020 Grammy-winning acts set to release albums amid virus pandemic Legendary grunge rockers Pearl Jam and British pop sensation Dua Lipa are back with new albums Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Editors, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus pandemic, stimulus package vote and more things to know Friday," 27 Mar. 2020 The left side of the laptop features a headphone jack, a single USB-C port and a volume rocker, while the right side has an S-Pen holder, a second USB-C port, the power button, and a MicroSD slot. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s $1,000 Galaxy Chromebook is the new Chrome OS standard-bearer," 6 Jan. 2020 Past a narrow kitchen cluttered with crates of rice and apples, Smith sat on a creaky wooden rocker in a living room decorated with plaques bearing religious proverbs. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rocker

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Rocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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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