stale


1stale

adjective \ˈstāl\

of food : no longer good or appealing : no longer fresh

: not clean, clear, or pure : having an unpleasant taste or smell

: not interesting or new : boring or unoriginal

stal·erstal·est

Full Definition of STALE

1
:  tasteless or unpalatable from age <stale bread>
2
:  tedious from familiarity <a stale routine>
3
:  impaired in legal force or effect by reason of being allowed to rest without timely use, action, or demand <a stale affidavit> <a stale debt>
4
:  impaired in vigor or effectiveness
stale·ly \ˈstāl-lē\ adverb
stale·ness noun

Examples of STALE

  1. a room filled with stale smoke
  2. <viewers were bored by the stale story lines of the new crop of sitcoms>

Origin of STALE

Middle English, settled, clear (of ale), not fresh, from Anglo-French estale, probably from Middle Dutch stel old (of beer)
First Known Use: 15th century

2stale

verb
staledstal·ing

Definition of STALE

transitive verb
1
:  to make stale
2
archaic :  to make common :  cheapen
intransitive verb
:  to become stale

First Known Use of STALE

1599

3stale

intransitive verb
staledstal·ing

Definition of STALE

:  urinate —used chiefly of camels and horses

Origin of STALE

Middle English; akin to Middle Low German stallen to urinate, stal urine of horses
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

4stale

noun

Definition of STALE

:  urine of a domestic animal (as a horse)

First Known Use of STALE

1548

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

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