stale

  • 1 stale — [steıl] 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 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 2 stale — [ steıl ] adjective * 1. ) stale food such as bread is old and no longer fresh: a package of stale crackers get/go stale: Wrap the bread up well or it ll get stale. 2. ) used for describing something that does not smell fresh or pleasant: stale… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Not… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 stale — adj: impaired in legal effect or force by reason of not being used, acted upon, or demanded in a timely fashion the search warrant was invalid because it was based on stale information a stale claim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …

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  • 5 stale — stale1 [stāl] adj. staler, stalest [ME, prob. via Anglo Norm < OFr estale, quiet, stagnant < Gmc * stall: for IE base see STILL1] 1. having lost freshness; made musty, dry, bad, etc. by having been kept too long; specif., a) flat; vapid;… …

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  • 6 Stale — (st[=a]l), n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. st[ae]l, stel; akin to LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem, Gr. steleo n a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.] The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. [Written also… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 Stale — Stale, n. [See {Stale}, a. & v. i.] 1. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A prostitute. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Urine, esp. that of beasts. Stale of horses. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 stale — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}przysł. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} w sposób ciągły, nieustanny, nieprzerwany; bezustannie, bez przerwy, bez ustanku, przez cały czas : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Stale upominać kogoś. Stale uczyć się. Stale mówił to samo. {{/stl 10}} …

    Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • 9 Stale — Stale, v. i. [Akin to D. & G. stallen, Dan. stalle, Sw. stalla, and E. stall a stable. [root] 163. See {Stall}, n., and cf. {Stale}, a.] To make water; to discharge urine; said especially of horses and cattle. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 Stale — Stale, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staled} (st[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staling}.] To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out. [1913 Webster] Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Shak. [1913 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 stale — stale·ly; stale·ness; stale; …

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  • 13 stale — (adj.) c.1300, 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 ultimately from P.Gmc. base *sta stand, the source of O.E. standan to stand, Perhaps via O …

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  • 14 stale — [adj1] old, decayed dried, dry, faded, fetid, flat, fusty, hard, insipid, malodorous, musty, noisome, parched, rank, reeking, smelly, sour, spoiled, stagnant, stenchy, stinking, tasteless, watery, weak, zestless; concepts 462,485,598 Ant. fresh,… …

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  • 15 stale — ► ADJECTIVE (staler, stalest) 1) (of food) no longer fresh or pleasant to eat. 2) no longer new and interesting. 3) no longer performing well because of having done something for too long. ► VERB ▪ make or become stale. DERIVATIVES …

    English terms dictionary

  • 16 stale */ — UK [steɪl] / US adjective Word forms stale : adjective stale comparative staler superlative stalest 1) stale food such as bread is old and no longer fresh a packet of stale biscuits get/go stale: Wrap the bread up well or it ll go stale. 2) used… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 stale´ly — stale1 «stayl», adjective, stal|er, stal|est, verb, staled, stal|ing. –adj. 1. that has lost some or all of its softness, flavor, or consistency through age; not fresh: » …

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  • 18 stale — [[t]ste͟ɪl[/t]] staler, stalest 1) ADJ GRADED Stale food is no longer fresh or good to eat. Their daily diet consisted of a lump of stale bread, a bowl of rice and stale water. Ant: fresh 2) ADJ GRADED Stale air or smells are unpleasant because… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 stale — 1 adjective 1 bread or cake that is stale is no longer fresh or good to eat: go stale: This loaf has gone stale. 2 air that is stale is not fresh or pleasant 3 news or jokes that are stale are no longer interesting or exciting: the same stale old …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 stale — I [[t]steɪl[/t]] adj. stal•er, stal•est, 1) not fresh; vapid or flat, as beverages; dry or hardened, as bread 2) musty; stagnant: stale air[/ex] 3) hackneyed; trite: a stale joke[/ex] 4) having lost interest, initiative, or the like, as from… …

    From formal English to slang

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