off one's rocker, Slang. insane; crazy: You're off your rocker if you think I'm going to climb that mountain.

Origin of rocker

1400–50; late Middle English: one who rocks a cradle; see rock2, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for off one's rocker



any of various devices that transmit or operate with a rocking motionSee also rocker arm
another word for rocking chair
either of two curved supports on the legs of a chair or other article of furniture on which it may rock
a steel tool with a curved toothed cage, used to roughen the copper plate in engraving a mezzotint
mining another word for cradle (def. 9)
  1. an ice skate with a curved blade
  2. the curve itself
  1. a figure consisting of three interconnecting circles
  2. a half turn in which the skater turns through 180°, so facing about while continuing to move in the same direction
a rock-music performer, fan, or song
British an adherent of a youth movement rooted in the 1950s, characterized by motorcycle trappingsCompare mod 1
off one's rocker slang crazy; demented
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Word Origin and History for off one's rocker



"a rocking chair," 1852, American English, from rock (v.1); earlier "nurse charged with rocking a cradle" (early 14c.). In sense of "one of the curved pieces of wood that makes a chair or cradle rock" it dates from 1787. Slang off (one's) rocker "crazy" first recorded 1897. Meaning "one who enjoys rock music" (as opposed to mod (n.1)) is recorded from 1963, from rock (v.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with off one's rocker

off one's rocker

Also, off one's nut or trolley. See off one's head.


see off one's head (rocker).

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