Meaning of rolling stone in English:

rolling stone

Pronunciation /ˈrəʊlɪŋ ˌstəʊn/


  • A person who is unwilling to settle for long in one place.

    ‘he was a rolling stone, with no ties to anyone or anyplace’
    • ‘This week sees even you rolling stones settling into the pleasures of restful domesticity.’
    • ‘You rolling stones are best off investigating the pleasures of domesticity this week.’
    • ‘Free-spirited and eccentric she, the rolling stone of the crew, fills most of her time trying to find herself when she's not working on her documentary about single mothers.’
    • ‘In contrast, she plays her life like a game of chance, taking joy from the serendipity that a rolling stone existence brings her.’
    • ‘Unlike a rolling stone, we've gathered a little moss.’
    • ‘In Washington, she found ‘the greatest collection of individualists, international rolling stones, and slightly batty geniuses ever gathered together in one organization.’’
    • ‘They're footloose, rolling stones, they have nomadic blood.’
    • ‘But he became a rolling stone, frequently changing clubs and missing a season here and there either through injury or because he couldn't find a club.’
    • ‘This rolling stone also was a flamboyant, hard-drinking male chauvinist and dare-devil.’
    • ‘His father was a rolling stone who was to busy doing drugs and caused his son to fear him by his behavior.’
    tramp, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar, itinerant, wanderer, nomad, wayfarer, traveller, gypsy, rover, vagabond, transient, migrant, homeless person, beachcomber, person of no fixed abode, person of no fixed address, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stone


    a rolling stone gathers no moss
    • A person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments.

      ‘He certainly was not sympathetic towards the spirituality of them, and he once commented to a friend considering the monastic life, ‘It is true that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but then, why should it?’’
      • ‘Just as a rolling stone gathers no moss, an active brain grows no hair.’
      • ‘But sometimes you just have to take the rough with the smooth, watch the way the cookie crumbles, let sleeping dogs lie, and remember that a rolling stone gathers no moss.’
      • ‘He was a jack of all trades and a master of a few of them but a rolling stone gathers no moss so he was never well off.’
      • ‘Yet we must be mindful that a rolling stone gathers no moss.’
      • ‘He adds: ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss, and I need to be active.’’
      • ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss, and a wavering judgment makes a fruitless life.’