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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)

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.

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."