Definition of rocker in US English:



  • 1A person who performs, dances to, or enjoys rock music, especially of a particular type.

    ‘a punk 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago it was announced the bassist had split from the glam rockers over " musical differences".’
    • ‘He kicked the jack-of-all-trades route to the curb, got himself a band, and made a quick metamorphosis into a brash rocker.’
    • ‘Greenfield says his collaboration with the legendary punk rocker isn't as unlikely as it seems.’
    • ‘As it stands, Earle is today probably best known more as a radical than as a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dark, in need of a haircut and pathologically thin, he looked like a down-at-the-heels rocker.’
    • ‘Still he plays his instrument of choice with all the skill and power of any standard rocker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These four mysterious rockers have produced some of the most beloved music of our time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As an old rocker myself, of course I am familiar with the band Blondie.’
    1. 1.1 A rock song.
      • ‘The soundtrack disc includes vintage rockers by Sweet and Girlschool and new songs by Creeper, a band fronted by the one and only Dean.’
      • ‘The overall pace is so even you scarcely notice when the odd rocker slips by, creating a slightly flatter feel than the songs deserve.’
  • 2A rocking device forming part of a mechanism, especially one for controlling the positions of brushes in a generator.

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

    1. 3.1 A rocking chair.
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘I remembered how she could sit in that rocker for hours and hours and hours and make designs.’
      • ‘Pull your rocker onto the back porch, or spread your blanket on the roof, turn on the fan and enjoy the quiet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4The amount of curvature in the longitudinal contour of a boat or surfboard.

  • 5Any of the curved stripes below the chevron of a noncommissioned officer above the rank of sergeant.

    1. 5.1 The curved strip above the chevron of a chief petty officer.


  • off one's rocker

    • informal Insane.

      • ‘When his attempts to do so fail miserably, Phillip starts to go off his rocker.’
      • ‘So anybody who comes along and says we didn't explain there were some risks is off their rocker.’
      • ‘While I think the Irwin family is off their rockers, I do believe they make for great television.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I got back home, my friends thought I was off my rocker.’
      • ‘For a minute there, before I realized the woman was off her rocker, I was scared.’
      • ‘You might have been considered off your rocker to buy one of these modernist homes.’
      • ‘Lest you think me completely off my rocker, I should explain that I'm judging this movie as what it is, a kids' movie.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some think that she's fallen off her rocker as her training schedule runs up to 14 practices a week.’
      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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