adjective, tam·er, tam·est.
verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.
verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.
Origin of tame
Examples from the Web for tame
Her Facebook photos could populate a tame “girls with guns” style calendar.
He was widely perceived as having been outplayed by a vast military bureaucracy that he never sought to tame.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That's tame compared to the C-word and racism other Republicans have thrown on the social network.
He left the crowd with a Greek aphorism—“to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
I had just gotten my braces off and was learning how to tame my hair with a curling iron.Apps and Online Programs Offer New Ways to Report Street Harassment|Tessa Miller|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here, if Man is to maintain himself at all, he must be master of tame animals which can eat the grass, and in turn sustain him.The Unity of Civilization|Various
Custom is, to think a handsome thing in private but tame it down in the utterance.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 6, 1907-1910|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He was tame until the shadows began to gather and the sun went down.The Wolf's Long Howl|Stanley Waterloo
These are tame days when we have forgotten how to make Cock-Ale.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened|Kenelm Digby
"In a little while he will get tame so he will follow us around," said Ole, as he cut the wooden bars for the cage.Mari, Our Little Norwegian Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Word Origin for tame
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.