- 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.
- 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.
- to become tame.
Origin of tame
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Examples from the Web for untamed
All you really need for an inspiring commencement address is untamed enthusiasm and a big dream.Chubby Korean Baby Dance, Goat Riding Guy Riding Bike, and More Viral Videos
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June 1, 2014
Feudal families held much of the power in an untamed empire of mercenary armies warring for control of small sections of land.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 8, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
April 9, 2013
Rule-breaking silhouettes are presented against raw and untamed backgrounds.Gucci by Sunlight
September 19, 2012
He seemed to have a wild, shy look, like the offspring of an untamed, animal.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Even Hagar drew back a pace, hardy as was her untamed spirit.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Good that these untamed passions should be allowed full sway.The Golden Woman
The poor children there were street waifs and as wild as untamed animals.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The effect of all this on an untamed savage can be imagined.Negritos of Zambales
William Allan Reed
- not cultivated, domesticated, or controlledbeautiful untamed wilderness
- 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
Word Origin and History for untamed
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.