steal

Stale \Stale\ (st[=a]l), n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. st[ae]l, stel; akin to LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem, Gr. steleo`n a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.] The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. [Written also {steal}, {stele}, etc.] [1913 Webster] But seeing the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go No further than it might be seen. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]