rock steady

  1. 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.

Origin of rock steady

First recorded in 1965–70

Words Nearby rock steady Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rock steady in a sentence

  • From 1972, the Soul Train Line Dance to Aretha Franklin's "rock steady"

    The Trouble with Soul Train | Stanley Crouch | February 4, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Rock-steady the muzzle came down and covered the first indistinct brown bulk which entered the notch of the sights.

  • The old sea captain stood rock steady in the door, and at his shoulder was Carrots' rifle.

    Smugglers' Reef | John Blaine
  • 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
  • His eyes had a metallic glitter and his hand was rock-steady.

    Turnover Point | Alfred Coppel

British Dictionary definitions for rock steady

rock steady

  1. a type of slow Jamaican dance music of the 1960s

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