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rocker

[rok-er] /ˈrɒk ər/
noun
1.
Also called runner. one of the curved pieces on which a cradle or a rocking chair, rocks.
3.
a rock-'n'-roll song:
She sang a ballad and followed that with two of her well-known rockers.
4.
any of various devices that operate with a rocking motion.
5.
Graphic Arts. a small steel plate with one curved and toothed edge for roughening a copperplate to make a mezzotint.
6.
Mining. cradle (def 13).
7.
an ice skate that has a curved blade.
8.
a performer or fan of rock music.
Idioms
9.
off one's rocker, Slang. insane; crazy:
You're off your rocker if you think I'm going to climb that mountain.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: one who rocks a cradle; see rock2, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for off ones rocker

rocker

/ˈrɒkə/
noun
1.
any of various devices that transmit or operate with a rocking motion See also rocker arm
2.
another word for rocking chair
3.
either of two curved supports on the legs of a chair or other article of furniture on which it may rock
4.
a steel tool with a curved toothed cage, used to roughen the copper plate in engraving a mezzotint
5.
(mining) another word for cradle (sense 9)
6.
  1. an ice skate with a curved blade
  2. the curve itself
7.
(skating)
  1. a figure consisting of three interconnecting circles
  2. a half turn in which the skater turns through 180°, so facing about while continuing to move in the same direction
8.
a rock-music performer, fan, or song
9.
(Brit) an adherent of a youth movement rooted in the 1950s, characterized by motorcycle trappings Compare mod1
10.
(slang) off one's rocker, crazy; demented
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Word Origin and History for off ones rocker

rocker

n.

"a rocking chair," 1852, American English, from rock (v.1); earlier "nurse charged with rocking a cradle" (early 14c.). In sense of "one of the curved pieces of wood that makes a chair or cradle rock" it dates from 1787. Slang off (one's) rocker "crazy" first recorded 1897. Meaning "one who enjoys rock music" (as opposed to mod (n.1)) is recorded from 1963, from rock (v.2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for off ones rocker

rocker 1

noun
  1. A rock-and-roll musician, singer, radio station, etc: general manager of rhythm-and-blues rocker WOL in Washington, dc
  2. A rock-and-roll song: classic country rockers, sometimes with an old-timey flavor (1950s+)
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punk rocker, teenybopper


rocker 2

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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