[ teym ]
/ teɪm /

adjective, tam·er, tam·est.

verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.

verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.

to become tame.

Nearby words

  1. tambourine,
  2. tambov,
  3. tambura,
  4. tamburitza,
  5. tamburlaine,
  6. tameable,
  7. tameless,
  8. tamelessly,
  9. tamely,
  10. tamerlane

Origin of tame

before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English tam; cognate with Dutch tam, German zahm, Old Norse tamr; (v.) Middle English tamen, derivative of the adj.; replacing Middle English temen to tame, Old English temian, derivative of tam; cognate with Old Norse temja, Gothic gatamjan; akin to Latin domāre to tame

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/ (teɪm) /


verb (tr)

Derived Forms

Word Origin for tame

Old English tam; related to Old Norse tamr, Old High German zam

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