Synonyms & Antonyms of rock

(Entry 1 of 3)

a usually valuable stone cut and polished for ornament
  • a trophy wife with enough rocks to open her own jewelry store

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Synonyms of rock (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to make a series of unsteady side-to-side motions
  • the boat was rocking so much that several passengers felt seasick

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2 to swing unsteadily back and forth or from side to side
  • the drunk rocked on his heels for a moment and then fell flat on his back

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3 to make senseless or dizzy by a blow
  • she rocked the mugger with a single punch and then ran

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4 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • the news of the mayor's sudden death rocked the city

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Synonyms & Antonyms of rock (Entry 3 of 3)

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How is the word rock different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of rock are agitate, convulse, and shake. While all these words mean "to move up and down or to and fro with some violence," rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval.

the whole city was rocked by the explosion

When could agitate be used to replace rock?

The synonyms agitate and rock are sometimes interchangeable, but agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring.

an ocean agitated by storms

Where would convulse be a reasonable alternative to rock?

In some situations, the words convulse and rock are roughly equivalent. However, convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm.

spectators were convulsed with laughter

When is it sensible to use shake instead of rock?

The meanings of shake and rock largely overlap; however, shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose.

shake well before using

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The first known use of rock was in the 12th century

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“Rock.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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