- not fresh; vapid or flat, as beverages; dry or hardened, as bread.
- musty; stagnant: stale air.
- having lost novelty or interest; hackneyed; trite: a stale joke.
- having lost freshness, vigor, quick intelligence, initiative, or the like, as from overstrain, boredom, or surfeit: He had grown stale on the job and needed a long vacation.
- Law. having lost force or effectiveness through absence of action, as a claim.
- to make or become stale.
Origin of stale1
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Antonyms for stale
- (of livestock, especially horses) to urinate.
Origin of stale2
Related Words for staledsear, evaporate, scorch, wither, decay, deteriorate, blister, blacken, parch, melt, char, bake, dwindle, wilt, shrink, exhaust, drain, blot, deplete, shrivel
Examples from the Web for staled
Historical Examples of staled
There have been other passions—aye, as great as yours—yet have they staled.Bardelys the Magnificent
Again a miracle; these are things which cannot be staled by repetition.Expository Writing
Mervin James Curl
The mystery of the ancient wood was not to be staled by use.The Heart of the Ancient Wood
Charles G. D. Roberts
The Popes used them at last with a frequency that staled their effect.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
The information, however, was not particularly new to me, and the effect was staled by previous rehearsals.Dream Days
- (esp of food) hard, musty, or dry from being kept too long
- (of beer, etc) flat and tasteless from being kept open too long
- (of air) stagnant; foul
- uninteresting from overuse; hackneyedstale clichés
- no longer newstale news
- lacking in energy or ideas through overwork or lack of variety
- banking (of a cheque) not negotiable by a bank as a result of not having been presented within six months of being written
- law (of a claim, etc) having lost its effectiveness or force, as by failure to act or by the lapse of time
- to make or become stale
Word Origin for stale
- (intr) (of livestock) to urinate
- the urine of horses or cattle
Word Origin 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.