Definition of rocker in English:



  • 1A person who performs, dances to, or enjoys rock music.

    ‘a punk rocker’
    • ‘He is one of the most underrated rockers of the 20th century, an enormously talented musician whose misfortunes have completely eclipsed his importance in modern music.’
    • ‘Dark, in need of a haircut and pathologically thin, he looked like a down-at-the-heels rocker.’
    • ‘The music industry may be in a frenzy over them, but stadium rockers they are not.’
    • ‘Onstage he is not the most charismatic, call and response rocker on the planet.’
    • ‘He kicked the jack-of-all-trades route to the curb, got himself a band, and made a quick metamorphosis into a brash rocker.’
    • ‘The photogenic New Wave mannequins and hair metal rockers that the channel enjoyed such success with in the '80s were being replaced by grunge and alternative artists.’
    • ‘Both men can't believe they still get to do something that they truly love, and each on has a unique take one being an aging rocker.’
    • ‘Still he plays his instrument of choice with all the skill and power of any standard rocker.’
    • ‘These four mysterious rockers have produced some of the most beloved music of our time.’
    • ‘Greenfield says his collaboration with the legendary punk rocker isn't as unlikely as it seems.’
    • ‘The Irish rockers captured the crowd's attention from the moment they took the stage, through sheer force of sincerity.’
    • ‘Sam did several music videos, often surrounding himself with big name rockers.’
    • ‘As an old rocker myself, of course I am familiar with the band Blondie.’
    • ‘About the closest I could relate to it was my teenage days as a Goth rocker, when my girlfriend used to put some white face on me to take away my tan, and we wore all black.’
    • ‘The long-time friend of the rocker and his family made a series of drawings of Ramone which was projected as a backdrop for the musicians appearing in concert.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago it was announced the bassist had split from the glam rockers over " musical differences".’
    • ‘As it stands, Earle is today probably best known more as a radical than as a rocker.’
    • ‘The actor plays the fictional rocker Blake as he lives out his last days in a remote house in Seattle.’
    • ‘The disc's third documentary short resurrects the happening '80s music that propels the movie's soundtrack, including several of the rockers who recorded it.’
    • ‘When one of France's coolest film-makers tried to find the ideal place for a junkie rocker and his messed-up wife to hit bottom, only one location would do: Hamilton.’
    1. 1.1 A rock song.
      ‘the collection kick-starts with a great rocker, Wired All Night’
      • ‘The overall pace is so even you scarcely notice when the odd rocker slips by, creating a slightly flatter feel than the songs deserve.’
      • ‘The soundtrack disc includes vintage rockers by Sweet and Girlschool and new songs by Creeper, a band fronted by the one and only Dean.’
    2. 1.2British A young person, especially in the 1960s, belonging to a subculture characterized by leather clothing, riding motorcycles, and a liking for rock music.
  • 2A rocking device forming part of a mechanism, especially one for controlling the positions of brushes in a dynamo.

  • 3A curved bar or similar support on which something such as a chair or cradle can rock.

    1. 3.1 A rocking chair.
      ‘he sat in his rocker and went to sleep’
      • ‘Pull your rocker onto the back porch, or spread your blanket on the roof, turn on the fan and enjoy the quiet.’
      • ‘Other items remained recognizable as parts of domestic or industrial objects, including the curving back of a wicker love seat, bundles of chair and table legs, and the back of a bentwood rocker.’
      • ‘As far as I know, ‘Auntie ‘did nothing all day but sit in a rocker and crochet multi-colored shawls and comforters and stuff like that.’’
      • ‘The mailbox is dilapidated, the porch has a dog on it, the porch chair is a rocker and the man rocking in the chair is smoking a pipe.’
      • ‘I remembered how she could sit in that rocker for hours and hours and hours and make designs.’
      • ‘Next to the photo was a smaller model of the Halston rocker, a kind of splayed chair with a narrow back that looked terribly uncomfortable.’
  • 4mass noun The amount of curvature in the longitudinal contour of a boat or surfboard.

    ‘the hull lines are classic with considerable rocker’


  • off one's rocker

    • informal Mad.

      ‘he looked so strange she thought he was off his rocker’
      • ‘When I got back home, my friends thought I was off my rocker.’
      • ‘Dressed in the gaudiest of outfits and wearing a wig that appears to be made out of 13 poodles, Dennis is adorably loony and off her rocker.’
      • ‘Some think that she's fallen off her rocker as her training schedule runs up to 14 practices a week.’
      • ‘While I think the Irwin family is off their rockers, I do believe they make for great television.’
      • ‘When his attempts to do so fail miserably, Phillip starts to go off his rocker.’
      • ‘You might have been considered off your rocker to buy one of these modernist homes.’
      • ‘So anybody who comes along and says we didn't explain there were some risks is off their rocker.’
      • ‘Lest you think me completely off my rocker, I should explain that I'm judging this movie as what it is, a kids' movie.’
      • ‘For a minute there, before I realized the woman was off her rocker, I was scared.’
      • ‘To go in the ring and have it not faze you to be so severely punished like that, you have to be a bit off your rocker.’
      severely mentally ill, mentally ill, insane, mad, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, not together, crazed, maniac, maniacal, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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