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STALE, adjective [I do not find this word in the other Teutonic dialects. It is probably from the root of still, G., to set, and equivalent to stagnant.]

1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit and flavor from being long kept; as stale beer.

2. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed; as a stale virgin.

3. Worn out by use; trite; common; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; as a stale remark.

STALE, noun [G. See Stall.]

1. Something set or offered to view as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool-fowl.

Still as he went, he crafty stales did lay.

A pretense of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects. [In this sense obsolete.]

2. A prostitute.

3. Old vapid beer.

4. A long handle; as the state of a rake.

5. A word applied to the king in chess when stalled or set; that is, when so situated that he cannot be moved without going into check, by which the game is ended.

STALE, verb transitive To make void or useless; to destroy the life, beauty or use of; to wear out.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

STALE, verb intransitive [G.] To make water; to discharge urine; as horses and cattle.

STALE, noun Urine; used of horses and cattle.