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Idioms for rocker
Words nearby rocker
What does rocker mean?
A rocker is a type of cradle for babies that’s used to gently rock them from side to side to calm them down or get them to fall asleep. It should not be confused with a bouncer, which is a kind of seat that allows older babies to stand up and bounce up and down.
Rocker can also be used as another name for a rocking chair, or one of the two curved pieces on which it sits that allow it to rock back and forth. Such pieces are also found on other kinds of furniture, such as cradles. They can also be called runners.
Rocker can refer to a rock musician, a fan of rock music, or a rock song that especially rocks (meaning it’s an intense example of the hard-driving beat and other qualities associated with rock music, all turned up to 11). These senses of the word can sound a bit outdated.
Example: It’s a miracle how well this rocker works at getting my baby to calm down—thanks, Lemmy!
Where does rocker come from?
The first records of the word rocker come from around the 1400s in reference to someone who rocks a cradle. Today, a lot of baby rockers are electronic and do the rocking automatically.
By the late 1700s, rocker was being used to refer to one of the curved pieces of wood on a cradle, chair, or rocking horse. Rocker came to be used in reference to a rocking chair in the 1800s.
The first records of rocker pertaining to rock music and rock stars come from the 1940s. These senses of the word come from the original name of the genre: rock-’n’-roll. In the late 1950s and the 1960s, the word started to be used to refer to fans of rock music, especially in categories of subculture members divided by fashion and musical taste, including rockers, mods, and punks. Today, a rock musician is much more likely to be called a rock star than a rocker. One exception is the use of the term rocker in the term punk rocker, which can refer to a punk rock musician or fan, as in Sheena is a punk rocker.
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How is rocker used in real life?
In the context of music, the term rocker is a bit out of fashion, though it’s still sometimes used in the phrase punk rocker.
Clothes for them, car seat, rocker, baby bottles. I really need to go to the store cause baby clothes on amazon ain’t cheap 😩
— Susy🌸 (@mylifeassusy) May 15, 2020
I'm still working on my Prince room. Need to apply a second coat of purple paint. I found this lovely antique rocker and had it reupholstered in purple. The color is not as dark as it appears in the picture. pic.twitter.com/gLx2NMwXCL
— LA (@Luv2Purple1) August 19, 2019
RIP to a real rocker ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pFcxfj7VwZ
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) December 29, 2015
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Is rocker used correctly in the following sentence?
I just refinished my grandmother’s antique rocker.
Example sentences from the Web for rocker
The rocker posted a rambling video on his Facebook page claiming he's broke and penniless.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn|Marlow Stern|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, Cooke is out with a memoir detailing his time with the rocker.
In 2000, Rocker was suspended by MLB, and by 2001 he was traded with his pitching in serious decline.
There was never a call for a boycott of the games of the team that employed Rocker.
It looks like the rocker wants to showcase all sides of her life.Phoenix, Ciara & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She paused as she placed a rocker at the disposal of the stranger, and relieved her of coat and hat.The Forged Note|Oscar Micheaux
Seven years have passed, and Beth sits leaning back in a rocker by the window, in the soft bright moonlight of Palestine.Beth Woodburn|Maud Petitt
Please, Sir, there was a very stiff bully down at rocker this afternoon, and Rawson and I got tokered badly.The Secret Glory|Arthur Machen
I dug out the earth, another carried it, and a third washed it in the rocker.A Voyage round the World|W.H.G. Kingston
They used but one rocker, and have no doubt that they could have done much better with proper appliances.Handbook to the new Gold-fields|R. M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for rocker
- an ice skate with a curved blade
- the curve itself
- a figure consisting of three interconnecting circles
- a half turn in which the skater turns through 180°, so facing about while continuing to move in the same direction
Idioms and Phrases with rocker
see off one's head (rocker).