Definitions for stalesteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stalesteɪl(adj.)stal•er, stal•est

  1. (adj.)not fresh; vapid or flat, as beverages; dry or hardened, as bread.

  2. musty; stagnant:

    stale air.

  3. hackneyed; trite:

    a stale joke.

  4. having lost interest, initiative, or the like, as from overwork or boredom.

  5. Law. (of a claim) no longer in force through lack of action.

    Category: Law

  6. (v.i.)to make or become stale.

Origin of stale:

1250–1300; akin to MD stel; perh. akin to stale2


stalesteɪl(v.; n.)staled, stal•ing

  1. (v.i.)(of livestock, esp. horses) to urinate.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  2. (n.)the urine of livestock.

Origin of stale:

1400–50; late ME stalen to urinate, prob. < OF estaler < Gmc; cf. MLG, late MHG stallen

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stale(adj)

    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

    "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"

  2. cold, stale, dusty, moth-eaten(verb)

    lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new

    "moth-eaten theories about race"; "stale news"

  3. stale(verb)

    urinate, of cattle and horses

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stale(adjective)ɪl

    (of food) tasting old and dry

    stale bread/crackers/cereal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stale(noun)

    the stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake

  2. Stale(verb)

    vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer

  3. Stale(verb)

    not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread

  4. Stale(verb)

    having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed

  5. Stale(verb)

    worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common

  6. Stale(verb)

    to make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out

  7. Stale(adj)

    to make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle

  8. Stale(verb)

    that which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use

  9. Stale(verb)

    a prostitute

  10. Stale(verb)

    urine, esp. that of beasts

  11. Stale(verb)

    something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon

  12. Stale(verb)

    a stalking-horse

  13. Stale(verb)

    a stalemate

  14. Stale(verb)

    a laughingstock; a dupe


  1. Stale

    Stale is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Grębów, within Tarnobrzeg County, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, in south-eastern Poland. It lies approximately 9 kilometres west of Grębów, 6 km east of Tarnobrzeg, and 62 km north of the regional capital Rzeszów.

Translations for stale

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of food etc) not fresh and therefore dry and tasteless

stale bread.

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