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Meaning of STALE

Pronunciation:  steyl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"
  2. [adj]  no longer new; uninteresting; "cold (or stale) news"
  3. [adj]  lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"
  4. [v]  urinate, of cattle and horses
 

STALE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: addled, bad, cold, day-old, flyblown, hard, limp, maggoty, moldy, moth-eaten, mouldy, musty, rancid, spoiled, spoilt, wilted
 
 Antonyms: fresh
 
 See Also: make, make water, micturate, old, pass water, pee, pee-pee, piddle, piss, puddle, relieve oneself, spend a penny, take a leak, unoriginal, urinate, wee, wee-wee

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Stale\, n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. st[ae]l, stel; akin to
    LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem,
    Gr. ? a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.]
    The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake.
    [Written also {steal}, {stele}, etc.]
    
          But seeling the arrow's stale without, and that the
          head did go No further than it might be seen.
                                                   --Chapman.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread.
    
    3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out;
       decayed. ``A stale virgin.'' --Spectator.
    
    4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty
       and power of pleasing; trite; common. --Swift.
    
             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.
       --Craig.
    
    {Stale demand} (Law), a claim or demand which has not been
       pressed or demanded for a long time.
    
    
  3. \Stale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Staling}.]
    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.                                 --Shak.
    
    
  4. \Stale\, v. i. [Akin to D. & G. stallen, Dan. stalle, Sw.
    stalla, and E. stall a stable. ? 163. See {Stall}, n., and
    cf. {Stale}, a.]
    To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of
    horses and cattle. --Hudibras.
    
    
  5. \Stale\, n. [See {Stale}, a. & v. i.]
    1. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by
       use. [Obs.]
    
    2. A prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
    3. Urine, esp. that of beasts. ``Stale of horses.'' --Shak.
    
    
  6. \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, as an allurement to
       draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool
       pigeon. [Obs.]
    
             Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    2. A stalking-horse. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
    
    3. (Chess) A stalemate. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    
    4. A laughingstock; a dupe. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
    
 

 

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