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rock steady



the style of vocalized Jamaican popular music that succeeded ska and preceded reggae in the 1960s, influenced by American soul music and having a more upbeat tempo with emphasis on electric bass and guitar rather than on horns.


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Nearby words

rock snake, rock spray, rock springs, rock squirrel, rock star, rock steady, rock the boat, rock thrush, rock tripe, rock up, rock wall

Origin of rock steady

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rock steady

  • His eyes had a metallic glitter and his hand was rock-steady.

    Turnover Point|Alfred Coppel
  • They were trembling now, not rock-steady as when they held the musket on the balcony at La Granja.

    The Firebrand|S. R. Crockett
  • Carolyn reached out, brushed a windswept tuft of hair from above the rock-steady eyes that looked at her.

    Next Door, Next World|Robert Donald Locke
  • Rock-steady the muzzle came down and covered the first indistinct brown bulk which entered the notch of the sights.

British Dictionary definitions for rock steady

rock steady


a type of slow Jamaican dance music of the 1960s
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