- a restless or wandering person
Examples from the Web for rolling stone
In a measure, the portrait-painter must be a rolling-stone, or he will gather no moss.
You will be a rolling-stone among milestones, and the way is all down hill.Captain Macklin
Richard Harding Davis
This led to the cutting of a large groove by the side of the doorway into which a rolling-stone was fitted.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
On the voyage home I fell in with a man—a fellow of the rolling-stone order—to whom I used to talk now and again.A Crooked Path
A great-grandfather on the mother's side given to travel, a "rolling-stone," fond of books and talk, and rich in humanity.Young Lives
Richard Le Gallienne
Idioms and Phrases with rolling stone
A person who moves about a great deal and never settles down, as in Kate's lived in ten cities in as many years—she's a real rolling stone. This expression is a shortening of the proverb a rolling stone gathers no moss, first recorded in 1523, which indicates that one who never settles anywhere will not do well. After some 300 years of this interpretation, in the mid-1800s the value of gathering moss (and staying put) began to be questioned, and in current usage the term is most often used without any particular value judgment.