adjective, stal·er, stal·est.
verb (used with or without object), staled, stal·ing.
Origin of stale1
Definition for stale (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), staled, stal·ing.
Origin of stale2
Examples from the Web for stale
Both are stale and boring, and whichever one you end up having in the end is still unpleasant.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To call them mediocre, uninspiring, and stale would be overly generous.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The issues seem “stale” only because the commentators demand to be entertained.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats|Ana Marie Cox|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, they will be at best a stale and bitter punchline of our times and then fade, unloved, into obscurity.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock|John Avlon|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fine, she says, but they lived on three stale sandwiches a day.‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’: An Immigrant Mother’s Plea|Sarah Moga|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One slice of stale bread may be cut into cubes, fried in deep fat, and the croutons put in the soup.The Italian Cook Book|Maria Gentile
They rubbed their boots with stale meat when they went the rounds, then left the traps for a week.Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac|Ernest Thompson Seton
There were loaves of stale bread, bunches of onions and strings of sausages behind the small window-panes.Under Western Eyes|Joseph Conrad
And the room was stale with bad air; like the masses, he, too, slept with windows shut.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
"That sense of things is the flat, stale, unprofitable stuff we hear about," he added.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for stale (1 of 2)
Word Origin for stale
British Dictionary definitions for stale (2 of 2)
Word Origin for stale
Word Origin and History for stale
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.