American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having lost freshness, effervescence, or palatability: stale bread; stale air.
- adj. Lacking originality or spontaneity: a stale joke.
- adj. Impaired in efficacy, vigor, or spirit, as from inactivity or boredom.
- adj. Law Having lost effectiveness or force through lack of exercise or action.
- v. To make or become stale.
- v. To urinate. Used especially of horses and camels.
- n. The urine of certain animals, especially horses and camels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Theft; stealing; pilfering.
- n. Stealth; stealthy movement.
- n. Concealment; ambush.
- n. A trap, gin, or snare.
- n. An allurement; a bait; a decoy; a stool-pigeon: as, a stale for a foist or pickpocket.
- n. An object of deception, scorn, derision, merriment, ridicule, or the like; a dupe; a laughing-stock.
- n. A stalk; stem.
- n. The stem of an arrow.
- n. A handle; especially, a long handle, as that of a rake, ladle, etc.
- n. A round or rung of a ladder; a step.
- Old (and therefore strong): said of malt liquors, which in this condition were more in demand.
- Old and lifeless; the worse for age or for keeping; partially spoiled. Insipid, flat, or sour; having lost its sparkle or life, especially from exposure to air: as, stale beer, etc.
- Old and trite; lacking in novelty or freshness; hackneyed: as, stale news; a stale jest.
- In athletics, overtrained; injured by overtraining: noting the person or his condition. Synonyms Time-worn, threadbare.
- n. That which has become flat and tasteless, or spoiled by use or exposure, as stale beer.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A stalemate.
- To render stale, flat, or insipid; deprive of freshness, attraction, or interest; make common or cheap.
- To make water; urinate: said of horses and cattle.
- n. Urine of horses and cattle.
- n. An old preterit of steal.
- To be overtrained; be injured by the strain of long training, so that the response to stimulus, mental or physical, is impaired: said of horses and athletes, and also used figuratively.
- adj. Having lost its freshness from age; (of food) still edible, but hard or unpleasant from age.
- adj. No longer new; no longer interesting; established; old; as, stale news, a stale joke, etc.
- n. obsolete A bird used as a decoy to trap other birds.
- n. obsolete Any trap or lure.
- n. obsolete A low class of prostitute (originally used as a decoy by other criminals).
- n. obsolete A person's position, especially in a battle-line.
- n. obsolete An ambush.
- n. obsolete A division of armed men posted in a specific place, either for an ambush or for other reasons.
- n. a handle of a broom or rake
- n. Urine, especially of horses or cattle.
- v. To urinate (of livestock, especially horses)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The stock or handle of anything.
- adj. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept.
- adj. Not new; not freshly made.
- adj. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed.
- adj. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common.
- v. To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out.
- v. To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle.
- n. obsolete That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use.
- n. obsolete A prostitute.
- n. Urine, esp. that of beasts.
- n. obsolete Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon.
- n. obsolete A stalking-horse.
- n. (Chess), obsolete A stalemate.
- n. obsolete A laughingstock; a dupe.
- adj. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
- v. urinate, of cattle and horses
- adj. lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
- Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, settled, clear (used of beer or wine), probably from Old French estale, slack, settled, clear, from estaler, to come to a standstill, halt, from estal, standing place, stand, of Germanic origin. Middle English stalen, possibly of Low German origin; akin to Middle Low German stallen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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