adjective, tam·er, tam·est.
verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.
verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.
Origin of tame
Synonyms for tame
Antonyms for tame
Related Words for tamenessdeference, orderliness, conformity, reverence, acquiescence, duty, observance, submission, accordance, quietness, compliance, servility, agreement, tractability, willingness, meekness, respect, subservience, docility, manageability
Examples from the Web for tameness
Historical Examples of tameness
This tameness is not in keeping with the rest of his character.The Witch-cult in Western Europe
Margaret Alice Murray
I was impressed anew with the tameness of the Concord landscape.Four Americans
Henry A. Beers
Could anything change the leopard West into the tameness and serenity of the ox?Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
There is great stiffness and tameness in the matter in many places.
But what struck me most in Joshua's domain was the quantity and the tameness of the game.Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
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.