Definitions of stale

  1. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; " moth- eaten theories about race"
  2. urinate, of cattle and horses
  3. showing deterioration from age; " stale bread"
  4. no longer new; uninteresting; " cold ( or stale) news"
  5. The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake.
  6. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.
  7. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed.
  8. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common.
  9. To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out.
  10. To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle.
  11. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use.
  12. Urine, esp. that of beasts.
  13. Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon.
  14. A stalking- horse.
  15. A stalemate.
  16. A laughingstock; a dupe.
  17. Not fresh or new; tasteless; worn out by use or familiarity; trite.
  18. To make stale; destroy the freshness or charm of.
  19. To lose newness or freshness; wear out.
  20. Staleness.
  21. Too long kept: tainted: vapid or tasteless from age, as beer: not new: worn out by age: decayed: no longer fresh: trite.
  22. To make water, as beasts.
  23. Too long kept; vapid; tainted; not fresh; trite.
  24. Having lost freshness; decayed; worn out; trite.
  25. Too long kept; vapid or tasteless from age; not new; having lost its spirit or vigour; worn out by use; trite.
  26. To make vapid or useless; to wear out.
  27. To discharge urine. See Stall.
  28. Having lost its freshness; vapid or tasteless from age; worn out by age or use; common; no longer pleasing.
  29. To urine or pass water, as horses or cattle.

Usage examples for stale

  1. Time does not age nor custom stale the infinite variety. – Antony Gray,--Gardener by Leslie Moore
  2. Dry some slices of bread, either stale or fresh, in the oven, place them in the soup- dish, pour boiling broth over them, cover the dish for two or three minutes, and serve. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  3. I'm an object of sorrow, I'm looking quite stale. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White
  4. As stale water were we in his taste. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  5. It must be eaten new; for if it is kept above twenty- four hours, it grows harsh and choaky; but it is very pleasant before it is too stale. – The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences by Sir John Barrow
  6. For no cup of tea tolerably stale! – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  7. Whichever comes last will seem so stale after the other. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  8. " It's stale air," remarked Quimby. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
  9. That old affair of mine is pretty stale now- shouldn't wonder even if they'd forgotten all about it by this time. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  10. My work is getting stale, and a week or two of change of scene would set me up. – The Title Market by Emily Post
  11. " The place smells of stale tobacco like a tap- room," he muttered presently; " there can be no harm in my smoking a cigar here." – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  12. " Why, that is even prettier than the stale fish one! – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  13. " When men love stale instead of fresh, withered better than blooming, excellence in the abstract rather than the palpable. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. Oh, strange stale story of Hercules and Omphale, old as the hills, and as eternal! – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  15. He made his way thither, somewhat dubious as to the thrill of his achievement, aware of a shadow about him, the ghost of yesterday's joy, which made all success save the intimate personal one that he most craved, flat, stale, and unprofitable. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  16. Your howling bat Is stale and flat To one who knows, because he's tried 'em! – Hoosier Lyrics by Eugene Field
  17. A world where only men and boys made merry would in time grow stale, And so He shared His Heavenly joys that faith in Him should never fail. – The Path to Home by Edgar A. Guest
  18. Uncle Jeff was frequently employed by merchants to cry off their stale articles on the street. – A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences by Laura S. Haviland