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stale

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adjective \ˈstāl\

Simple Definition of stale

  • 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

Full Definition of stale

stal·erstal·est

  1. 1 :  tasteless or unpalatable from age <stale bread>

  2. 2 :  tedious from familiarity <a stale routine>

  3. 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. 4 :  impaired in vigor or effectiveness

stale·ly play \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


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stale

verb

Definition of stale

staledstal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make stale

  3. 2 archaic :  to make common :  cheapen

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become stale



1599

First Known Use of stale

1599


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stale

intransitive verb

Definition of stale

staledstal·ing

  1. :  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


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stale

noun

Definition of stale

  1. :  urine of a domestic animal (as a horse)



1548

First Known Use of stale

1548

Other Animal Husbandry Terms




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