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stale Explained

stale at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


stale at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1225, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with M.Du. stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ult. from P.Gmc. base *sta- "stand," the source of O.E. standan "to stand," Perhaps via O.Fr. estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position." The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded 1475. ///

stale at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Probably from Old French estale 'standing still, settled', from estal 'standing place']//
1 bread or cake that is stale is no longer fresh or good to eat: → fresh// --French bread goes stale (=becomes stale) very quickly.// --stale cake//
2 air that is stale is not fresh or pleasant: → fresh// --the smell of stale smoke//
3 not interesting or exciting any more: --stale jokes// --Other marriages might go stale , but not theirs.//
4 if you get stale, you have no new ideas, interest, or energy, because you have been doing the same thing for too long: --If you stay in the job for more than 10 years, you get stale .// --He was becoming stale and running out of ideas.// -- staleness n [U] //

ståle at Norwegian => English Of Explained:


stale at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

120 Moby Thesaurus words for "stale":
allurement, antiquated, back-number, bait, banal, bewhiskered,
blown, boring, bromidic, cliche, cliched, come-on, common,
commonplace, corny, crumbling, cut-and-dried, dead, decoy,
dilapidated, dilute, diluted, dry, dusty, enticement, fade,
familiar, fetid, flat, flavorless, frowy, fusty, gamy, gone off,
gone to seed, gruelly, hackney, hackneyed, hand-me-down, hardened,
high, inane, indifferent, insipid, jejune, limp, mild, mildewed,
milk-and-water, moldering, moldy, moss-grown, moth-eaten, mouldy,
musty, noisome, off, old, old hat, old-fashioned, overused, pappy,
platitudinous, pulpy, rancid, rank, reechy, reeking, rotten,
ruined, ruinous, rusty, sapless, savorless, seducement, set,
shopworn, smelly, snare, sour, soured, spiceless, spoiled, square,
stenchy, stereotyped, stinking, stock, strong, tainted, tasteless,
temptation, thin, threadbare, time-scarred, timeworn, tired,
tiresome, trap, trite, truistic, turned, unflavored, unoriginal,
unsavory, vapid, warmed-over, washy, watered, watered-down, watery,
weak, weary, well-known, well-worn, wilted, wishy-washy, withered,
worn, worn thin

štale at Croatian => English Of Explained:


stale at Polish => English Of Explained:



stale at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Oldness): old, ancient, antique, of long standing, time-honored, venerable, elder, eldest, historic, primordial, aboriginal, antediluvian, prehistoric, fossilized, traditional, customary, inveterate, antiquated, obsolete, out of date, out of fashion, stale, old-fashioned, passé, deteriorated, old as the hills, old as Methuselah.

[ADJ] (Lack of taste): bland, void of taste, insipid, tasteless, flavorless, stale, flat, vapid.

[ADJ] (Deterioration): deteriorated, altered, withering, spoiling, on the wane, on the decline, degenerate, worse, battered, weathered, weather-beaten, stale, passe, shaken, dilapidated, faded, wilted, shabby.

stale at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 (of food, especially bread and cake) no longer fresh and therefore unpleasant to eat
2 (of air, smoke, etc.) no longer fresh; smelling unpleasant:
stale cigarette smoke * stale sweat
3 something that is stale has been said or done too many times before and is no longer interesting or exciting:
stale jokes / news * Their marriage had gone stale.
4 a person who is stale has done the same thing for too long and so is unable to do it well, feel enthusiastic about it or produce any new ideas:
After ten years in the job, she felt stale and needed a change. * The cast is changed regularly to stop the actors from getting stale.
staleness noun [U]

Stale at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Stale \Stale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or
use of; to wear out.

Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite
variety. --Shak.

Stale \Stale\, n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. st[ae]l, stel; akin to
LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem,
Gr. ? a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.]
The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake.
[Written also {steal}, {stele}, etc.]

But seeling the arrow's stale without, and that the
head did go No further than it might be seen.

Stale \Stale\, a. [Akin to stale urine, and to stall, n.;
probably from Low German or Scandinavian. Cf. {Stale}, v. i.]
1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit,
and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.

2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread.

3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out;
decayed. ``A stale virgin.'' --Spectator.

4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty
and power of pleasing; trite; common. --Swift.

Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing. --Grew.

How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable Seem to me
all the uses of this world! --Shak.

{Stale affidavit} (Law), an affidavit held above a year.

{Stale demand} (Law), a claim or demand which has not been
pressed or demanded for a long time.

Stale \Stale\, v. i. [Akin to D. & G. stallen, Dan. stalle, Sw.
stalla, and E. stall a stable. ? 163. See {Stall}, n., and
cf. {Stale}, a.]
To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of
horses and cattle. --Hudibras.

Stale \Stale\, n. [See {Stale}, a. & v. i.]
1. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by
use. [Obs.]

2. A prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. Urine, esp. that of beasts. ``Stale of horses.'' --Shak.

Stale \Stale\, n. [Cf. OF. estal place, position, abode, market,
F. ['e]tal a butcher's stall, OHG. stal station, place,
stable, G. stall (see {Stall}, n.); or from OE. stale theft,
AS. stalu (see {Steal}, v. t.)]
1. Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to
draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool
pigeon. [Obs.]

Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay.

2. A stalking-horse. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

3. (Chess) A stalemate. [Obs.] --Bacon.

4. A laughingstock; a dupe. [Obs.] --Shak.

stale at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: showing deterioration from age; "stale bread" [ant: {fresh}]
2: lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new;
"moth-eaten theories about race" [syn: {old}, {moth-eaten}]
3: no longer new; uninteresting; "cold (or stale) news" [syn: {cold}]

v : urinate, of cattle and horses

stale at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: IPA » /steɪl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /steIl/
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪl

    Etymology 1

    Origin uncertain.


    Inter: en-adj » staler|stalest

  • Having lost its freshness from age; (of food) still edible, but hard or unpleasant from age.
    1. : The steak is as stale as the beer.
    2. : If you dont enter a room for some days, the air will become stale.''
    3. No longer new; no longer interesting; established; old; as, stale news, a stale joke, etc.
      * fresh
      Inter: trans-top » having lost its freshness

  • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|bajat
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|陳腐|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|陈腐|tr=chénfǔ|sc=Hani
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|taai (bread), Inter: t- » nl|ranzig (butter, fat), Inter: t+ » nl|vervuild (water), Inter: t+ » nl|muf (air), Inter: t- » nl|onfris (especially clothes)...
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|malfreŝa
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|väljähtänyt, Inter: t- » fi|ummehtunut
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|rassis (bread), Inter: t+ » fr|rance (butter, oil, fat), Inter: t+ » fr|croupi (water), Inter: t+ » fr|vicié (air), Inter: t+ » fr|défraîchi (especially clothes)...

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t- » de|abgestanden, Inter: t+ » de|schal
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|μπαγιάτικος|tr=bagiátikos, Inter: t+ » el|στάσιμος|tr=stasimos, for liquids|sc=Grek
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|古い|tr=ふるい, furui|sc=Jpan
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|raccourchi, Inter: tø » roa-jer|mouaîsi
    • Portuguese: Inter: t » pt|parado (air)
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|несвежий|tr=n'esv'éžij, Inter: t+ » ru|чёрствый|tr=čórstvyj (bread), Inter: t+ » ru|затхлый|tr=zátχlyj
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|duro (bread), Inter: t- » es|revenido, Inter: t+ » es|pasado (food), Inter: t- » es|viciado (air)
    • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|పాచిన|tr=paachina, Inter: t- » te|వాడిన|tr=vaaDina, Inter: t- » te|వడలిన|tr=vaDalina
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|bayat

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » no longer new or interesting
    • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|bajat
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ouderwets
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|väljähtänyt, Inter: t- » fi|tympeä, Inter: t- » fi|kulunut
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|vieilli|m, Inter: t+ » fr|vieux|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|veraltet, Inter: t+ » de|abgedroschen Inter: gloss » joke
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|陳腐|tr=ちんぷな, chinpu-na|alt=陳腐な|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|избитый|tr=izbítyj, Inter: t+ » ru|банальный|tr=banálnyj, Inter: qualifier » informal|about joke or news Inter: t+ » ru|бородатый|tr=borodátyj
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|manido, Inter: t+ » es|anquilosado
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|passé
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|bayat

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    * fresh (1)
    Related terms
    * stalemate

    Etymology 2

    Apparently from Inter: etyl » xno Inter: term » estale||pigeon used to entice a hawk, ultimately from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en.


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: obsolet » e A bird used as a decoy to trap other birds.
    1. Inter: obsolet » e Any trap or lure.
    2. 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
    3. : Still as he went, he craftie stales did lay / With cunning traines him to entrap vnwares.
    4. 1610, Category: s - :The Tempest|The Tempest, by Category: w - :William Shakespeare|Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
    5. : (Prospero, to Ariel)
    6. : This was well done, my bird.
    7. : Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
    8. : The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither
    9. : For stale to catch these thieves.
    10. Inter: obsolet » e A low class of prostitute (originally used as a decoy by other criminals).
    11. 1599, Category: w - :William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, Category: w - :Much Ado About Nothing|Much Ado About Nothing, Category: s - :Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)|Act 4 Scene 1
    12. : I stand dishonor'd, that have gone about / To link my dear friend to a common stale ....

      Etymology 3

      From Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » estal (from French Inter: term » étal), from Inter: etyl » frk *Inter: term » |stal, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » stallo-|lang=gem-pro, earlier Inter: recons » staþlo-|lang=gem-pro. Ultimately related to Inter: term » stand.


      Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: obsolet » e A person's position, especially in a battle-line.
  • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
  • : for ony stowre that ever ye see us bestadde, stondys in your stale and sterte ye no ferther.
  • Inter: obsolet » e An ambush.
  • Inter: obsolet » e A division of armed men posted in a specific place, either for an ambush or for other reasons.
  • a handle of a broom or rake

    Etymology 4

    Origin uncertain.


    Inter: en-noun » -

  • Urine, especially of horses or cattle.
    1. 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.48:
    2. : Those of Crotta being hardly besieged by Metellus, were reduced to so hard a pinch, and strait necessitie of all manner of other beverage, that they were forced to drinke the stale or urine of their horses.


      Inter: en-verb » stal|ing

  • To urinate (of livestock, especially horses)
  • cir. 1920, Category: w - :Aleister Crowley|Aleister Crowley in "Leigh Sublime", a poem about Category: w - :Leigh Hirsig|Leigh Hirsig:
  • : You stale like a mare
  • : And fart as you stale;


    * astel, lates, least, leats, salet, setal, slate, steal, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla

  • Polish


    * Inter: IPA » lang=pl|/ˈstalɛ/
    • Inter: audio » Pl-stale.ogg|audio


      Inter: pl-ad » v

  • constantly, continually

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » pl|stały

  • Translation: et » stale
    Translation: el » stale
    Translation: fa » stale
    Translation: fr » stale
    Translation: ko » stale
    Translation: io » stale
    Translation: kn » stale
    Translation: lt » stale
    Translation: hu » stale
    Translation: ml » stale
    Translation: my » stale
    Translation: pl » stale
    Translation: ru » stale
    Translation: fi » stale
    Translation: sv » stale
    Translation: ta » stale
    Translation: te » stale
    Translation: vi » stale
    Translation: zh » stale

    Ståle at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: etyl » non|no Inter: term » Stáli|lang=non, from Inter: term » stál||steel|lang=non.

    Proper noun

    Inter: head » no|proper noun
  • Inter: given name » male|lang=no