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English definition of “stale”

stale

adjective     /steɪl/
C1 no longer new or fresh, usually as a result of being kept for too long: The bread/biscuits/cake had gone stale. The morning after the party, their apartment smelled of stale cigarette smoke.Not pleasant to eat or drink not fresh and new; boring because too familiar: stale jokes/newsTedious and uninspiring describes someone who has lost interest in what they are doing because they are bored or are working too hard: They had been working together for over five years and they had both become a little stale.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiringTedious and uninspiring staleness     /ˈsteɪl.nəs/ noun [U] Not pleasant to eat or drink
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