Definition of "stale" []

  • Having lost freshness, effervescence, or palatability: stale bread; stale air. (adjective)
  • Lacking originality or spontaneity: a stale joke. (adjective)
  • Impaired in efficacy, vigor, or spirit, as from inactivity or boredom. (adjective)
  • Law Having lost effectiveness or force through lack of exercise or action. (adjective)
  • To make or become stale. (verb-transitive)
  • (esp of food) hard, musty, or dry from being kept too long (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of beer, etc) flat and tasteless from being kept open too long (adjective)
  • (of air) stagnant; foul (adjective)
  • Uninteresting from overuse; hackneyed (adjective)
  • No longer new (adjective)
  • Lacking in energy or ideas through overwork or lack of variety (adjective)
  • (of a cheque) not negotiable by a bank as a result of not having been presented within six months of being written (adjective)
  • (of a claim, etc) having lost its effectiveness or force, as by failure to act or by the lapse of time (adjective)
  • To make or become stale (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "stale" in a sentence
  • "You don't want to use the word stale but you look for some kind of spark, Laich said."
  • "That's an eon in the world of slang, enough time to render a term stale."
  • "During the presidential campaign, we know that Barack Obama promised to move away from what he called the stale and divisive politics of the past."