The definition of stale is something that is old or no longer fresh or new.(adjective)
See stale in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME, prob. via Anglo-Norm < OFr estale, quiet, stagnant < Gmc *stall: for IE base see still
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adjective stal·er, stal·est
Origin: Middle English, settled, clear (used of beer or wine)
Origin: , probably from Old French estale, slack, settled, clear
Origin: , from estaler, to come to a standstill, halt
Origin: , from estal, standing place, stand
Origin: , of Germanic origin; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verb staled staled, stal·ing, stales
Origin: Middle English stalen
Origin: , possibly of Low German origin
Origin: ; akin to Middle Low German stallen.
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