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adjective stale pronunciation in British English /steɪl/ 
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adjectivestale
comparativestaler
superlativestalest
  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.

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  2. 2
    used for describing something that does not smell fresh or pleasant

    stale air

    stale cigarette smoke

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of stale
  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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