- changed from the wild or savage state; domesticated: a tame bear.
- without the savageness or fear of humans normal in wild animals; gentle, fearless, or without shyness, as if domesticated: That lion acts as tame as a house cat.
- tractable, docile, or submissive, as a person or the disposition.
- lacking in excitement; dull; insipid: a very tame party.
- spiritless or pusillanimous.
- not to be taken very seriously; without real power or importance; serviceable but harmless: They kept a tame scientist around.
- brought into service; rendered useful and manageable; under control, as natural resources or a source of power.
- cultivated or improved by cultivation, as a plant or its fruit.
- to make tame; domesticate; make tractable.
- to deprive of courage, ardor, or zest.
- to deprive of interest, excitement, or attractiveness; make dull.
- to soften; tone down.
- to harness or control; render useful, as a source of power.
- to cultivate, as land or plants.
- to become tame.
Origin of tame
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Examples from the Web for tamer
She said the drug bridge drew the predictable sensationalism from a press throng that took its drug use cues from tamer festivals.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
The show is roughly at the same level of raunchiness—or even its tamer sister, bawdiness—as a mid-rent gay club.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
Fog permitting, the Beast was taking the tamer option of a 45 minute flight.Geoff in Jaipur
January 23, 2010
Beer is one of the tamer substances Robbins has written about throughout his nearly 40-year career.Tom Robbins Meets the Beer Fairy
April 28, 2009
Now the town gathered to see the notorious "bad-man" and his tamer.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Thus, then, did they celebrate the funeral of Hector tamer of horses.The Iliad
And the tamer he took into his palace, and he dwelt with him.Sagas from the Far East
A tamer of horses was he, and a man mighty in the hunt and in battle.Children of the Dawn
Elsie Finnimore Buckley
The half-breeds, however, were tamer and slightly lighter in color.
- changed by man from a naturally wild state into a tractable, domesticated, or cultivated condition
- (of animals) not fearful of human contact
- lacking in spirit or initiative; meek or submissivea tame personality
- flat, insipid, or uninspiringa tame ending to a book
- slow-movinga tame current
- to make tame; domesticate
- to break the spirit of, subdue, or curb
- to tone down, soften, or mitigate
Word Origin and History for tamer
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.