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stale

adjective uk   /steɪl/ us  
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 fresh and new; boring because too familiar: stale jokes/news used to describe someone who has lost interest 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   /ˈsteɪl.nəs/ us  
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