Adjective "Stale" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of food) no longer fresh and pleasant to eat; hard, musty, or dry.
  1. 'Never add food to a dish that has old food in it; throw the stale food out, wash the dish and replenish it with fresh food.'
  2. 'I felt a little embarrassed; my kitchen was full of stale food.'
  3. 'This then simmers for half an hour before being baked for an hour in a pan layered with very stale bread, Gruyere cheese, and the onion soup mixture.'
  4. 'He had spent a restless night on a hard cot, with nothing but stale bread and ale to wake him up in the morning.'
  5. 'Breakfast - a hunk of stale bread, a cup of sweet, sticky tea and a bowl of watery soup - was pushed through the bars of his cell, but he could eat nothing.'
  6. 'The next morning, our hopes were further smothered as our complimentary ‘breakfast’ consisted of a stale bun and a cup of milk.'
  7. 'They don't mind, since without those leftovers they would either starve or be rummaging in garbage dumps for stale food scraps.'
  8. 'Classic summer pudding is made with stale bread but it is much better made with store bought pound cake or brioche.'
  9. 'Just cut off the crusts of some slightly stale bread, and whiz the bread in a food processor.'
  10. 'And, even though he had a job, her son was sometimes forced to eat baked beans on stale bread because he could not afford to buy a fresh loaf.'
  11. 'their marriage had gone stale'
  12. 'Seriously, TV news may have been stale in the old days, but it was also respected.'
  13. 'News cycles are much shorter and the film will appear stale if released six months later elsewhere.'
  14. 'Yes I know you thought this matter was stale news but not for those who understand the ramifications for our democracy.'
  15. 'Max is very unhappy with the stale, dull, boring, routine life and wife; he feels they've played it too safe and he needs a little danger in his life.'
  16. 'Director, Eisner, deserves credit, too, for delivering a film that seems fresh and exciting, rather than stale and formulaic.'
  17. 'The same approach over and over can become stale and boring for the students as well as their art teacher.'
  18. 'He quotes five passages of bad English, in all of which he finds two common qualities: stale imagery and lack of precision.'
  19. 'Training programs get stale and boring after about a month of consistent workouts.'
  20. 'I limp down the street to sweet black coffee where the morning news is old news by now and stale headlines trickle in the city with a heart of gold in a world at war in a laid-back state.'
  21. 'Circus acts have grown so mundane, stale and outdated that animal acts are now the only way of attracting the publics' attention.'
  22. 'I think you need that as a player, you do need new challenges, new people to learn from because you can go a bit stale.'
  23. 'While his on-air persona should not grow stale, Mr. McMahon is not the character he used to be.'
  24. 'It didn't send its green reporters to war, nor did it leave its stale reporters at home.'
  25. '‘I'd like to be able to pull back from the business before I get stale and grumpy,’ she said.'
  26. 'I won't defend him because I think he's stale and isn't half the wrestler he once was.'
  27. 'Even if you love what you're doing, it's almost inevitable that at some point you'll feel a little stale.'
  28. 'For example, it is frequently said that the doctrine is an embodiment of the policy that defendants should be protected from stale claims and that claimants should not sleep on their rights.'
  29. 'By contrast in the present case, the defendants are faced with a truly stale claim first made upon them five years after the event.'
  30. 'The courts should not be clogged with stale cases and parties should know that.'
  31. 'Counsel for the 1986 Trustee submits that the claims are stale, speculative, defensible and likely to fail.'
  32. 'The claim is very stale, but Mr Justice Ian Kennedy said in 1995 that the delays since 1993 were not the fault of either party.'


Make or become stale.
  1. 'If coffee beans are ground and exposed to air, they will begin to stale within the hour.'
  2. 'Dixon liked and revered him for his air of detesting everything that presented itself to his senses, and of not meaning to let this detestation become staled by custom.'
  3. 'They're efficient bursts of less-is-more rock that ride riffs hard then cut out right before they stale.'
  4. 'This performance hasn't staled or faded into obsolescence.'
  5. 'Having live yeast in the cask ensures freshness because the ongoing fermentation helps to eliminate staling products that appear and the fresh hops ensure a vigorous hop flavour.'
  6. 'In bread applications, whey proteins that are chemically bound and interacting with starch could reduce the extent of staling during bread storage.'
  7. 'The beans are then roasted and they are packaged in vac-packs to stop the air staling the product.'
  8. 'Firm flesh is a good indicator - flesh that appears to be separating into flakes is beginning to stale.'


(of an animal, especially a horse) urinate.
  1. 'But nervousness will likewise do it; fright, or anxiety of almost any kind, will make a horse stale inordinately.'


1. not fresh; vapid or flat, as beverages; dry or hardened, as bread.

2. musty; stagnant: stale air.

3. having lost novelty or interest; hackneyed; trite: a stale joke.

4. having lost freshness, vigor, quick intelligence, initiative, or the like, as from overstrain, boredom, or surfeit: He had grown stale on the job and needed a long vacation.

5. Law. having lost force or effectiveness through absence of action, as a claim. verb (used with or without

More examples(as adjective)

"musics can be stale in/at/on years."

"jokes can be stale for laughs."

"atmospheres can be stale with smokes."

"alls can be stale by times."

"airs can be stale."

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(stale)Late Middle English: perhaps from Old French estaler ‘come to a stand, halt’ (compare with stale).