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Wordnet 3.0

VERB (1)

1. urinate, of cattle and horses;


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age;
- Example: "stale bread"
- Example: "the beer was stale"

2. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new;
- Example: "moth-eaten theories about race"
- Example: "stale news"
[syn: cold, stale, dusty, moth-eaten]

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8 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \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.] [1913 Webster] Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A stalking-horse. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 3. (Chess) A stalemate. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. A laughingstock; a dupe. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \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. [1913 Webster] 2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stale bread. [1913 Webster] 3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed. "A stale virgin." --Spectator. [1913 Webster] 4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing. --Grew. [1913 Webster] How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \Stale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staled (st[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Staling.] To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out. [1913 Webster] Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \Stale\ (st[=a]l), n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. stael, stel; akin to LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem, Gr. steleo`n a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.] The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. [Written also steal, stele, etc.] [1913 Webster] But seeing the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go No further than it might be seen. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \Stale\, v. i. [Akin to D. & G. stallen, Dan. stalle, Sw. stalla, and E. stall a stable. [root] 163. See Stall, n., and cf. Stale, a.] To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stale \Stale\, n. [See Stale, a. & v. i.] 1. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Urine, esp. that of beasts. "Stale of horses." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stale adj 1: lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale" [ant: fresh] 2: lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth- eaten theories about race"; "stale news" [syn: cold, stale, dusty, moth-eaten] v 1: urinate, of cattle and horses
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

120 Moby Thesaurus words for "stale": allurement, antiquated, back-number, bait, banal, bewhiskered, blown, boring, bromidic, cliche, cliched, come-on, common, commonplace, corny, crumbling, cut-and-dried, dead, decoy, dilapidated, dilute, diluted, dry, dusty, enticement, fade, familiar, fetid, flat, flavorless, frowy, fusty, gamy, gone off, gone to seed, gruelly, hackney, hackneyed, hand-me-down, hardened, high, inane, indifferent, insipid, jejune, limp, mild, mildewed, milk-and-water, moldering, moldy, moss-grown, moth-eaten, mouldy, musty, noisome, off, old, old hat, old-fashioned, overused, pappy, platitudinous, pulpy, rancid, rank, reechy, reeking, rotten, ruined, ruinous, rusty, sapless, savorless, seducement, set, shopworn, smelly, snare, sour, soured, spiceless, spoiled, square, stenchy, stereotyped, stinking, stock, strong, tainted, tasteless, temptation, thin, threadbare, time-scarred, timeworn, tired, tiresome, trap, trite, truistic, turned, unflavored, unoriginal, unsavory, vapid, warmed-over, washy, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, weary, well-known, well-worn, wilted, wishy-washy, withered, worn, worn thin