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staleadjective

uk   us   /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, ​theirapartmentsmelled of stale ​cigarettesmoke. not ​fresh and new; ​boring because too ​familiar: stale ​jokes/​news used to ​describe someone who has ​lostinterest in what they are doing because of being ​bored or ​working too hard: They had been ​working together for over five ​years and they had both ​become a little stale.

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staleness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈsteɪl.nəs/
(Definition of stale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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staleadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /steɪl/
not ​fresh or new: stale ​bread Stale ​airsmells very ​bad. I used to like that ​sitcom, but it’s getting ​kind of stale.
(Definition of stale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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