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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 These senses of the word can sound a bit outdated.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
Ample rocker in the tip lets it float to the surface in powder and allows you to pivot the Slight with very little effort.
These versatile skis are all built similarly, but they’re distinguished by waist width and depth of rocker.
Elan’s Amphibio profile adds more rocker to the outside edges, which transition effortlessly from turn to turn, and less rocker to the inside edges, for more effective snow contact, letting you power through turns from tip to tail.
This ski clearly favors groomed snow, but there’s enough rocker here for surfing back-side stashes or dodging through trees in third-buckle-deep powder.
Still, the light carbon tip and slight tip and tail rocker make smearing turns or shutting down speed plenty forgiving.
He plays an aging punk rocker and I play the drummer from his old band.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Clementine Creevy is shown with her blond rocker locks swaying across her face.The Dark Rock Star Fantasy of Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane|Liza Foreman|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2000, Rocker was suspended by MLB, and by 2001 he was traded with his pitching in serious decline.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next|Evan Weiner|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He drew up the rocker, hoisted his slippered feet on the rail, and proceeded to smoke a cigar.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
I insisted on her taking my own rocker, while I fixed myself on the floor with a pillar for a back-rest.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Even a comfortable rocker would not be very nice in which to take a long journey.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Sing the gayest, merriest songs you know; and, Martha dear, please do let Dorothy bring another rocker for yourself.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Uncle Will first called Roly's attention to the rocker, which at that moment was standing idle at the side of the stream.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
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).