When it came to the summer of 2012 at the movies, everything old was new again—despite a whiff of staleness.
It was night, and hot with a staleness of the air which was stifling.
The oddest mixture of staleness and of freshness is to be found there.
If the arguments employed were now well-worn, they were repeated with an incisiveness that took away much of their staleness.
He, too, who had admonished her rather sneeringly for staleness in her information.
It even changed the smell of it from time to time, so that there was no feeling of staleness.
Was Government admitting there was nothing but staleness in the present?
We have seen the advice given to play through a period of staleness.
A demonstration of the staleness of our bread and the absence of potatoes in the soup.
The staleness you noticed is due to our men being so largely educated by old women—old maids.
c.1300, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with Middle Dutch stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic base *sta- "stand," the source of Old English standan "to stand," Perhaps via Old French estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position" (see stall (n.1)). The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded late 15c. Figurative sense (of immaterial things) is recorded from 1560s. Related: Staleness.