Shall I tamely suffer this eclipse at the hands of this southern woman?
This assertion is constantly repeated, and has been but tamely refuted.
I was much mistaken if he would so tamely have acquiesced in the decision.
Think you that I will tamely expose my forehead to your aim?
Out walked the old sow at once, and going up to the witch, she trotted away down the road after her as tamely as a dog.
It was a time of joyous excitement which words can but tamely describe.
To say the act went off tamely would be simply admitting the truth.
Do you think, whatever you may do, that I will bear this tamely?
When he set foot on American soil, he tamely abandoned all his old picturesque wicked ways.
To say that he was proud of this distinction is stating it but tamely.
Old English tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (cf. Old Norse tamr, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tam, Old High German zam, German zahm "tame," Gothic tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cf. Sanskrit damayati "tames;" Persian dam "a tame animal;" Greek daman "to tame, subdue," dmetos "tame;" Latin domare "to tame, subdue;" Old Irish damnaim "I tie up, fasten, I tame, subdue"). Possible ulterior connection with PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic). Meaning "spiritless, weak, dull" is recorded from c.1600.
early Middle English teme, from Old English temian "make tame" (see tame (adj.)); form altered 14c. by influence of the adjective. Related: Tamed; taming.