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adjective stale pronunciation in British English /steɪl/
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  1. 1
    stale food such as bread is old and no longer fresh
    a packet of stale biscuits
    get/go stale: Wrap the bread up well or it’ll go stale.
  2. 2
    used for describing something that does not smell fresh or pleasant
    stale air
    stale cigarette smoke
  3. 3
    not new, original, or interesting
    stale news/jokes/ideas
  4. 4
    if you are stale, you have done something so often that you can no longer do it well or be interested in it
    get/go stale: He was getting stale and wanted a new job.

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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