Stale

Definition of Stale

Pronunciation: stāld
n.1.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.
- Chapman.
a.1.Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.
2.Not new; not freshly made; as, stale bread.
3.Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed.
4.Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common.
Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing.
- Grew.
How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
- Shak.
Stale affidavit
(Law) an affidavit held above a year.
Stale demand
(Law) a claim or demand which has not been pressed or demanded for a long time.
- Craig.
v. t.1.To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out.
[imp. & p. p. Staled (stāld); p. pr. & vb. n. Staling.]
Age can not wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To make water; to discharge urine; - said especially of horses and cattle.
n.1.That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use.
2.A prostitute.
3.Urine, esp. that of beasts.
1.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.
- Spenser.
2.A stalking-horse.
3.(Chess) A stalemate.
4.A laughingstock; a dupe.

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