Definitions

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  • adv. In a stale manner.
  • adv. of old; long since

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a stale manner.
  • adv. Of old; long since.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a stale, commonplace, or hackneyed manner; so as to seem flat or tedious.

Etymologies

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stale +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Nose wrinkling, Yvonne abruptly reached toward Jack's abandoned coffee mug, which was still almost full and stalely reeked of hazelnut, and shoved it farther away from her.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • He sat Grover down in the small interview room which smelt stalely of sweat and unwashed socks.

    Hard Frost

  • It was all so stalely familiar -- the little rustle of excitement, the preliminary clapping, the settling down to listen, and then the sea of upturned faces spread out beneath her.

    The Splendid Folly

  • For let class-jealousy be what it may, a woman hates to see another woman left stalely on the shelf, without a chance.

    The Lost Girl

  • The dominions of these petty despots are marked along the road with as much precision as the boundaries of an empire; we saw sometimes their stalely castles at a distance, forming quite a contrast to the poor scattering villages of the peasants.

    Views a-foot

  • A TALL and stalely wild plant, common by oor wB. y sides, and known by its great white prickly leaves and red flowers.

    The Family Herbal,: And of the Drugs which are Produced by Vegetables of Other Countries : with ...

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