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 tamessubdued, gentle, harmless, mild, docile, manageable, boring, weak, bland, bloodless, feeble, subdue, suppress, restrain, soften, conquer, pacify, curb, temper, vanquish
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Historical Examples of tames
She shocks him this way and that, but gradually he tames her, and makes her nearly as dull as he is.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
England invites adventurers by her beauty and then tames them.England
Hat in hand, for the wind is cool and good, and tames the hot young blood which a woman's biting tongue has whipped into passion.The Laughing Cavalier
Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.
This means that he becomes master of purely physical force in man; he tames it.Christianity As A Mystical Fact
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.