The Popes used them at last with a frequency that staled their effect.
There have been other passions—aye, as great as yours—yet have they staled.
They were not staled and blas, those simple people, but as fresh as children for the game in hand.
Again a miracle; these are things which cannot be staled by repetition.
His aging muscles, staled by thirty-odd years of lack of practice at such tricks, merely made it jerky and forced.
The mystery of the ancient wood was not to be staled by use.
They were most creditable tales and entertaining too at a first hearing, but they staled, as all tales must, with repetition.
The information, however, was not particularly new to me, and the effect was staled by previous rehearsals.
There was no piquancy left in anything; all had palled and staled on their cloyed palates.
He was a brave man, but of a narrow and unsympathetic school, staled by continuous service throughout the war.
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.