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1 an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
2 a performer or composer or fan of rock music [syn: rock 'n' roll musician]
3 a teenager or young adult in the 1960s who wore leather jackets and rode motorcycles
4 a chair mounted on rockers [syn: rocking chair]
5 a trough on rockers used by gold miners to shake earth in water in order to separate the gold [syn: cradle]
6 an ice skate with a curved blade
7 a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro

User Contributed Dictionary



From the verb to rock + -er



  1. A curved piece of wood attached to the bottom of a rocking chair or cradle that enables it to rock back and forth.
  2. Hence, a rocking chair
  3. The lengthwise curvature of a surfboard. (More rocker is a more curved board.)
    All modern surfboards share a similar rocker design — Bruce Jones
  4. Someone passionate about rock music.
  5. One who rocks something.


curved piece of wood
Hence, a rocking chair
The lengthwise curvature of a surfboard
Someone passionate about rock music
One who rocks something

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Rocker may refer to:
  • Rocker (subculture), a British subculture based around motorcycles
  • Rocker, a person who listens to or makes rock and roll or rock music
  • Rocker turn, in figure skating
  • Rocker, a type of furniture, such as a chair or cradle with curved pieces on the bottom, to provide a back and forth motion when pushed or pulled (see rocking chair)
  • Rocker, a type of cradle used for washing sand or gravel to expose heavier metals, such as gold or silver, used in placer mining
Rocker is also the name of:
  • Rudolf Rocker (1873-1958), German writer, historian and prominent figure in the international Anarchist movement
  • Fermin Rocker (1907-2004), painter and illustrator
  • John Rocker (born October 17, 1974), is a former American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Lee Rocker (born on Long Island in 1961), is a rockabilly double bass player who started his career with "The Stray Cats"
  • Tracy Rocker, American college football coach and former player
  • Rocker, the name of a former drummer of the British indie band The Flatmates
In music
  • "The Rocker", a song by Thin Lizzy from their 1973 album Vagabonds of the Western World
  • "The Rocker", a song by Raven from their 1994 album Glow
  • "Rocker", a 2004 single from Alter Ego
  • Rocker (song), a song by AC/DC
  • "Rocker", a song from The 69 Eyes ninth studio album Angels, as well as third single
  • Rocker, a song by Miles Davis on "''Birth of the Cool" (1950)
In film
rocker in German: Rocker (Begriffsklärung)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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