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stale

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adjective \ˈstāl\

Definition of stale

staler

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stalest

  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

stalely

play \ˈstāl-lē\ adverb

staleness

noun

Examples of stale in a Sentence

  1. a room filled with stale smoke

  2. viewers were bored by the stale story lines of the new crop of sitcoms

Origin and Etymology 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

staled

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staling

  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

verb

Definition of stale

staled

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staling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  urinate —used chiefly of camels and horses

Origin and Etymology 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 (such as a horse)

1548

First Known Use of stale

1548

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



STALE Defined for English Language Learners

stale

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adjective

Definition of stale for English Language Learners

  • 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


STALE Defined for Kids

stale

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adjective \ˈstāl\

Definition of stale for Students

staler

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stalest

  1. 1 :  having lost a good taste or quality through age stale bread

  2. 2 :  used or heard so often as to be dull stale jokes

  3. 3 :  not so strong, energetic, or effective as before He felt stale in his job.


Law Dictionary

stale

adjective

Legal Definition of stale

  1. :  impaired in legal effect or force by reason of not being used, acted upon, or demanded in a timely fashion a search warrant based on stale information a stale claim



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