There is great stiffness and tameness in the matter in many places.
Could anything change the leopard West into the tameness and serenity of the ox?
But much has been done by art to improve the tameness of nature.
But what struck me most in Joshua's domain was the quantity and the tameness of the game.
I was impressed anew with the tameness of the Concord landscape.
Men no longer trusted it, no longer trusted the tameness of their neighbors.
Borrow had broken through the tameness of the regulation literary memoir, and had shown the naked footprint on the sand.
But what can Mr Alison mean by the charge of tameness and vulgarity?
Dan half-turned and replied with a tameness Rose had not expected.
All his horses were wonders of tameness and careful and intelligent teaching.
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.