The audience could almost smell the stale beer and cigarette smoke leaching from their skin.
After five years at Gucci, he got the call to come to Burberry and reinvent the British brand, which had grown musty and stale.
It will blame Bush and then blame Obama for this stale period in our economy.
Instead, they will be at best a stale and bitter punchline of our times and then fade, unloved, into obscurity.
With the arguable exception of Volver, every movie he has released in the last decade has been stale and predictable.
When it's done he rubs out the pencil lines with handfuls of stale bread crumbs.
He sniffed the stale fragrance and was satisfied that this was a room which was lived in.
I'm done with women; they tempt me about as much as stale sponge cakes.
But his playing seemed to her to have lost its fire and sweep; to be stale, and as if disillusioned.
Everything that seems new and exciting to you here is stale to me.
c.1300, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with Middle Dutch stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic base *sta- "stand," the source of Old English standan "to stand," Perhaps via Old French estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position" (see stall (n.1)). The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded late 15c. Figurative sense (of immaterial things) is recorded from 1560s. Related: Staleness.