[ teym ]
/ teɪm /
adjective, tam·er, tam·est.
changed from the wild or savage state; domesticated: a tame bear.
without the savageness or fear of humans normal in wild animals; gentle, fearless, or without shyness, as if domesticated: That lion acts as tame as a house cat.
tractable, docile, or submissive, as a person or the disposition.
lacking in excitement; dull; insipid: a very tame party.
spiritless or pusillanimous.
not to be taken very seriously; without real power or importance; serviceable but harmless: They kept a tame scientist around.
brought into service; rendered useful and manageable; under control, as natural resources or a source of power.
cultivated or improved by cultivation, as a plant or its fruit.
verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.
to make tame; domesticate; make tractable.
to deprive of courage, ardor, or zest.
to deprive of interest, excitement, or attractiveness; make dull.
to soften; tone down.
to harness or control; render useful, as a source of power.
to cultivate, as land or plants.
verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.
to become tame.
Words nearby tame
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
SYNONYMS FOR tame
ANTONYMS FOR tame
OTHER WORDS FROM tame
tame·ly, adverbtame·ness, nountam·er, nouno·ver·tame, adjective
o·ver·tame·ly, adverbo·ver·tame·ness, nounun·tame, adjectiveun·tame·ly, adverbun·tame·ness, nounun·tamed, adjectivewell-tamed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untame
/ (teɪm) /
changed by man from a naturally wild state into a tractable, domesticated, or cultivated condition
(of animals) not fearful of human contact
lacking in spirit or initiative; meek or submissivea tame personality
flat, insipid, or uninspiringa tame ending to a book
slow-movinga tame current
to make tame; domesticate
to break the spirit of, subdue, or curb
to tone down, soften, or mitigate
Derived forms of tame
tamable or tameable, adjectivetamability, tameability, tamableness or tameableness, nountameless, adjectivetamely, adverb
tameness, nountamer, noun
Word Origin for tame
Old English tam; related to Old Norse tamr, Old High German zam
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