• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stale lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age "stale bread","the beer was stale"
    • adj stale lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new "moth-eaten theories about race","stale news"
    • v stale urinate, of cattle and horses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stale A laughingstock; a dupe.
    • Stale A prostitute.
    • Stale (Chess) A stalemate.
    • Stale A stalking-horse.
    • Stale Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed. "A stale virgin."
    • Stale Not new; not freshly made; as, stale bread.
    • Stale Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon. "Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay."
    • Stale That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use.
    • n Stale stāl The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. "But seeing the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go
      No further than it might be seen."
    • v. t Stale 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."
    • v. i Stale To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle.
    • Stale Urine, esp. that of beasts. "Stale of horses."
    • Stale Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.
    • Stale Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common. "Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing.""How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable
      Seem to me all the uses of this world!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stale Theft; stealing; pilfering.
    • n stale Stealth; stealthy movement.
    • n stale Concealment; ambush.
    • n stale A trap, gin, or snare.
    • n stale An allurement; a bait; a decoy; a stool-pigeon: as, a stale for a foist or pickpocket.
    • n stale An object of deception, scorn, derision, merriment, ridicule, or the like; a dupe; a laughing-stock.
    • n stale A stalk; stem.
    • n stale The stem of an arrow.
    • n stale A handle; especially, a long handle, as that of a rake, ladle, etc.
    • n stale A round or rung of a ladder; a step.
    • stale Old (and therefore strong): said of malt liquors, which in this condition were more in demand.
    • stale 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.
    • stale Old and trite; lacking in novelty or freshness; hackneyed: as, stale news; a stale jest.
    • stale In athletics, overtrained; injured by overtraining: noting the person or his condition. Synonyms Time-worn, threadbare.
    • n stale That which has become flat and tasteless, or spoiled by use or exposure, as stale beer.
    • n stale A prostitute.
    • n stale A stalemate.
    • stale To render stale, flat, or insipid; deprive of freshness, attraction, or interest; make common or cheap.
    • stale To make water; urinate: said of horses and cattle.
    • n stale Urine of horses and cattle.
    • n stale An old preterit of steal.
    • stale 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stale stāl too long kept: tainted: vapid or tasteless from age, as beer: not new: worn out by age: decayed: no longer fresh, trite: in athletics, over-trained, hence unfit, as in 'gone stale.'—n. anything become stale: urine of cattle, &c.:
    • v.t Stale to render insipid, to make common
    • v.i Stale to make water, as beasts
    • n Stale stāl something offered or exhibited as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose: :
    • n Stale stāl the handle of anything, a stalk.
    • adj Stale stāl (Shak.) a whore
    • n Stale stāl (Spens.) a decoy, a gull
    • n Stale stāl (Shak.) a dupe, laughing-stock
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  • William Shakespeare
    “O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Tomorrow is an old deceiver, and his cheat never grows stale.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The art of government is not to let me grow stale.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”
  • Willa Cather
    “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. estal, place, position, abode, market, F. étal, 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.))
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stalu, theft—stelan, to steal.


In literature:

Besides, I don't think it's correct; it should be, 'Custom can not age nor wither stale your various interests.
"Behind the Line" by Ralph Henry Barbour
In this case it was the scent of stale tobacco, such as comes from the end of a cold cigar or cigarette.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Wasn't the nation growing stale from the long peace?
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Never attempt to can any fish that is stale.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
One can easily tell stale eggs from fresh ones by holding them up to a strong light.
"The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book" by Thomas R. Allinson
One cup of stale bread crumbs, one onion, two ounces of butter, pepper and salt, a little mace.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
In comparison with this Mr. Healy's stale gibe at "Carson's Army," however inappropriate to the occasion, was a venial offence.
"Ulster's Stand For Union" by Ronald McNeill
The bread must be stale, and stale pieces can be put by for this purpose.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
No amount of grace can make stale air sacred.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
Staleness of meat and fish is shown by loose and flabby flesh.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss

In poetry:

Ah, the days!—the old, old theme,
Never stale, but never new,
Floating like a pleasant dream,
Back to me and back to you.
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
That Pleasure life wakes stale at morn,
From heavy sleep that no rest brings:
This life of quiet joy wakes fresh,
And claps its wings at morn, and sings.
"The Two Lives" by William H Davies
The way is steep, and still the call is On,--
I would not know the weary life and stale
Nor seek the thing that men wait long upon—
A breathing rest when old desires fail.
"Endeavour" by Robert Steel Byrnes
May cloud and mountain, lake and vale,
Never to you be trite or stale
As unto souls whose wellsprings fail
Or flow defiled,
Till Nature's happiest fairy-tale
Charms not her child!
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
Now, what more to sing or say
Know I not, thou charming May,
To thy praise—ideas fail—
Songs of May are trite and stale,
Charming neither heart nor ear,
Mount we to a higher sphere.
"May" by Janet Hamilton
All other friends may come and go,
All other friendships fail;
But these, the friends I've worked to win,
Oh, they will never stale;
And comfort me till Time shall write
The finish to my tale.
"I Have Some Friends" by Robert W Service

In news:

Stale-looking 'That's My Boy' is a raunchy risk for Adam Sandler.
Recent news and coverage of Stale Trends.
Here's a line from Stale Sandbech filmed while wearing a mask is this what Stale will look like in 40 yrs while cruising the park.
Mavs' chemistry stale without Dirk.
Stale PhD 's Need Not Apply.
Alfresco's CMS Is Anything but Stale .
Here are the Top 5 Signs your relationship is going STALE .
Woodward's latest book feels stale .
According to, here are five ways your relationship could be going stale .
'Taken 2' manages to be both fresh and stale .
How to Move Stale Merchandise.
Stale debate on tax rates has diminishing returns.
'Paranormal Activity 4' offers up stale scares.
Stale contracts provide new ammunition in this NBA labor battle.
Far From Fresh, It's Not Stale .

In science:

In other words, one can use stale values of D(Sk , x) to prove that x′ is optimal at step l .
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
The two algorithms find the same solution, but the basic greed y algorithm needs to recompute the gain for all edges uninterdicted edges at every iteration, while the priority algorithm can exploit fast initialization and stale computational values.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
Above we have shown that R-current DIS on a shock wave of finite longitudinal extent at strong ’t Hooft coupling is described by two momentum stales, Q1 and Q2 .
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation
The challenge of such an enormous amount of information is to track the information that may be stale or outdated.
An outlook of the user support model to educate the users community at the CMS Experiment
Moreover, much remains to be discovered and explained, and a complicated review of an unresolved sub ject in flux could grow stale fast.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory