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 tamely
He well knew that the people would not tamely submit to the enforcement of such burdens.A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County Volume II|Stephen M. Ostrander
You would ask, "Shall we tamely acquiesce while the labor unions import the Russian revolution into our very midst?"Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
Ruin approaches;—shall I tamely meet it, And dally with destruction till it blast me?The Fatal Falsehood|Hannah More
What would the world have said of me to have been tamely passive, and suffer another to revenge the affront offered to my sister?The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless|Eliza Haywood
But he commanded himself, and said tamely enough: 'I think it must be kept from my old lady, Wegg.'Our Mutual Friend|Charles Dickens
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.