1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.
2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread.
3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed. "A stale virgin." Spectator.
4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common. Swift.
"Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing." -- Grew.
"How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!" -- Shak.
(Law), an affidavit held above a year. Craig.
(Law), a claim or demand which has not been pressed or demanded for a long time.