- 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 tamed
They projected sexual charisma, to be sure, but it was a charisma that was tamed and domesticated for their youngest female fans.What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’
October 31, 2013
You can draw a fairly straight line from Helms to Karl Rove, who tamed and adapted the approach for a national audience.The Crazy Ted Cruz-Jesse Helms Connection
September 12, 2013
A new book tells the story of John Randel Jr., who tamed Manhattan with its famous grid.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.
February 21, 2013
Luckily, says Hounsou, the direction society is moving makes this the perfect time for that Wild West to be tamed.The Power of Documentary: Danny Glover, Djimon Hounsou, and ‘Budrus’ Director Julia Bacha
November 18, 2012
Then, too, leaders can be flattered, rewarded, ego-gratified and tamed.How the Wall Street Protesters Win
October 14, 2011
No one with the tamed soul and broken spirit of a slave can be free.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Some of these had indeed been tamed, but more had been degraded.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
This animal may be tamed, and then becomes very frolicksome and full of tricks.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The crops continued to grow on the tamed black dirt of the planetoid.Beside Still Waters
This was afore he got married, Sim; his wife's tamed him a little.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 tamed
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.