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English definition of “stale”

stale

adjective     /steɪl/
OLD old and not fresh: stale bread Cake goes stale quickly if it's not covered.Not pleasant to eat or drink
BORING boring or bored, and not producing or feeling excitement or enthusiasm like before: After 21 years their marriage had begun to go stale. I'd been too long in the same job and was getting stale.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiringTedious and uninspiring
(Definition of stale adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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