Meaning of stale


Pronunciation: (stāl), [key]
— adj., v., stal•er, stal•est, staled, stal•ing.
  1. not fresh; vapid or flat, as beverages; dry or hardened, as bread.
  2. musty; stagnant: stale air.
  3. having lost novelty or interest; hackneyed; trite: a stale joke.
  4. 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.
  5. having lost force or effectiveness through absence of action, as a claim.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to make or become stale.


Pronunciation: (stāl), [key]
— staled, stal•ing.
  1. (of livestock, esp. horses) to urinate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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