Associations to the word «Stale»

Wiktionary

STALE, adjective. (alcohol) (obsolete) Clear, free of dregs and lees; old and strong.
STALE, adjective. No longer fresh, in reference to food, urine, straw, wounds, etc.
STALE, adjective. No longer fresh, new, or interesting, in reference to ideas and immaterial things; cliche, hackneyed, dated.
STALE, adjective. No longer nubile or suitable for marriage, in reference to people; past one's prime.
STALE, adjective. (agriculture) (obsolete) Fallow, in reference to land.
STALE, adjective. (legal) Unreasonably long in coming, in reference to claims and actions.
STALE, adjective. Worn out, particularly due to age or over-exertion, in reference to athletes and animals in competition.
STALE, adjective. (finance) Out of date, unpaid for an unreasonable amount of time, particularly in reference to checks.
STALE, noun. (colloquial) Something stale; a loaf of bread or the like that is no longer fresh.
STALE, verb. (of alcohol) (obsolete) (transitive) To make stale; to age in order to clear and strengthen (a drink, especially beer).
STALE, verb. (transitive) To make stale; to cause to go out of fashion or currency; to diminish the novelty or interest of, particularly by excessive exposure or consumption.
STALE, verb. (intransitive) To become stale; to grow odious from excessive exposure or consumption.
STALE, verb. (alcohol) (intransitive) To become stale; to grow unpleasant from age.
STALE, noun. A long, thin handle, as of rakes, axes, etc.
STALE, noun. (dialectical) The posts and rungs composing a ladder.
STALE, noun. (botany) (obsolete) The stem of a plant.
STALE, noun. The shaft of an arrow, spear, etc.
STALE, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To make a ladder by joining rungs ("stales") between the posts.
STALE, noun. (military) (obsolete) A fixed position, particularly a soldier's in a battle-line.
STALE, noun. (chess) (uncommon) A stalemate; a stalemated game.
STALE, noun. (military) (obsolete) An ambush.
STALE, noun. (obsolete) A band of armed men or hunters.
STALE, noun. (Scottish) (military) (obsolete) The main force of an army.
STALE, adjective. (chess) (obsolete) At a standstill; stalemated.
STALE, verb. (chess) (uncommon) (transitive) To stalemate.
STALE, verb. (chess) (obsolete) (intransitive) To be stalemated.
STALE, noun. (livestock) (obsolete) Urine, especially used of horses and cattle.
STALE, verb. (livestock) (obsolete) (intransitive) To urinate, especially used of horses and cattle.
STALE, noun. (falconry) (hunting) (obsolete) A live bird to lure birds of prey or others of its kind into a trap.
STALE, noun. (obsolete) Any lure, particularly in reference to people used as live bait.
STALE, noun. (crime) (obsolete) An accomplice of a thief or criminal acting as bait.
STALE, noun. (obsolete) a partner whose beloved abandons or torments him in favor of another.
STALE, noun. (obsolete) A patsy, a pawn, someone used under some false pretext to forward another's (usu. sinister) designs; a stalking horse.
STALE, noun. (crime) (obsolete) A prostitute of the lowest sort; any wanton woman.
STALE, noun. (hunting) (obsolete) Any decoy, either stuffed or manufactured.
STALE, verb. (rare) (obsolete) (transitive) To serve as a decoy, to lure.

Dictionary definition

STALE, verb. Urinate, of cattle and horses.
STALE, adjective. Lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale".
STALE, adjective. Lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"; "stale news".

Wise words

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