- Present participle of stale.
- The process whereby bread goes stale
Variant of stale
- having lost freshness; made musty, dry, bad, etc. by having been kept too long; specif.,
- flat; vapid; tasteless: stale beer
- hard and dry: said of bread, etc.
- low in oxygen content; stagnant: stale air
- having lost originality or newness; lacking in interest through familiarity or overuse; hackneyed; trite: a stale joke, stale gossip
- out of condition, ineffective, enervated, bored, etc. from either too much or too little activity
- Law having lost legal force or effect through lack of use or action, as a claim or lien
Origin of staleMiddle English probably via Anglo-Norman ; from Old French estale, quiet, stagnant ; from Germanic an unverified form stall: for Indo-European base see still