stale

If something is stale, it's no longer fresh. Ever bite into a piece of bread that's been left out a little too long? Chances are it's stale, or dry and hard to eat. Try making some croutons out of it.

The word stale comes from the Old French estaler meaning "to halt," which is what happens to your jaw when you try and bite down on a piece of stale bread — it just can't chew through it. But stale isn't a word that's used only when talking about food. When an idea is stale, it's old or boring. And when a horse stales, it's not old and crusty, it's urinating. Step aside.

Definitions of stale
  1. adjective
    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
    stale bread”
    Synonyms:
    addled
    (of eggs) no longer edible
    bad, spoiled, spoilt
    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
    cold
    having lost freshness through passage of time
    day-old
    not fresh today
    hard
    dried out
    flyblown, maggoty
    spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
    limp, wilted
    not firm
    moldy, mouldy, musty
    covered with or smelling of mold
    rancid
    (used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
    rotten
    having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness
    corrupt, tainted
    touched by rot or decay
    putrid
    in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor
    putrescent
    becoming putrid
    old
    of long duration; not new
    unoriginal
    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
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    Antonyms:
    fresh
    recently made, produced, or harvested
    caller
    fresh
    crisp
    pleasingly firm and fresh
    fresh-cut
    cut recently
    good, undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt
    not left to spoil
    hot
    newly made
    new-made
    newly made
    strong, warm
    freshly made or left
    new
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
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  2. adjective
    lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
    stale news”
    synonyms: cold, dusty, moth-eaten
    unoriginal
    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
  3. verb
    urinate, of cattle and horses
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