Definition of rocker in English:



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

    ‘a punk rocker’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dark, in need of a haircut and pathologically thin, he looked like a down-at-the-heels rocker.’
    • ‘Onstage he is not the most charismatic, call and response rocker on the planet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These four mysterious rockers have produced some of the most beloved music of our time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Irish rockers captured the crowd's attention from the moment they took the stage, through sheer force of sincerity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sam did several music videos, often surrounding himself with big name rockers.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago it was announced the bassist had split from the glam rockers over " musical differences".’
    • ‘As an old rocker myself, of course I am familiar with the band Blondie.’
    • ‘Still he plays his instrument of choice with all the skill and power of any standard rocker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He kicked the jack-of-all-trades route to the curb, got himself a band, and made a quick metamorphosis into a brash rocker.’
    • ‘As it stands, Earle is today probably best known more as a radical than as a rocker.’
    • ‘Greenfield says his collaboration with the legendary punk rocker isn't as unlikely as it seems.’
    • ‘The actor plays the fictional rocker Blake as he lives out his last days in a remote house in Seattle.’
    • ‘The music industry may be in a frenzy over them, but stadium rockers they are not.’
    1. 1.1A 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. 3.1A rocking chair.
      ‘he sat in his rocker and went to sleep’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pull your rocker onto the back porch, or spread your blanket on the roof, turn on the fan and enjoy the quiet.’
      • ‘I remembered how she could sit in that rocker for hours and hours and hours and make designs.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4[mass noun] The amount of curvature in the longitudinal contour of a boat or surfboard.

    ‘the hull lines are classic with considerable rocker’