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 tamestsubdued, gentle, harmless, mild, docile, manageable, boring, weak, bland, bloodless, feeble, subdue, suppress, restrain, soften, conquer, pacify, curb, temper, vanquish
Examples from the Web for tamest
Historical Examples of tamest
One can only picture him carrying a picnic basket in the tamest of scenery.
Lin asserted from the wildest, he had become the tamest boy in Brownsville.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Where nature preserved only the wildest, man has preserved the tamest.Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?
William Platt Ball
Solitary is the largest, rarest, tamest, and sweetest-voiced of the vireos.Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
I do not know what it might have been in other days, but at present writing it is about the tamest place I know of.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
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.