adjective, tam·er, tam·est.

verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.

verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.

to become 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
Related formstame·ly, adverbtame·ness, nountam·er, nouno·ver·tame, adjectiveo·ver·tame·ly, adverbo·ver·tame·ness, nounun·tame, adjectiveun·tame·ly, adverbun·tame·ness, nounun·tamed, adjectivewell-tamed, adjective

Synonyms for tame

Antonyms for tame

1. wild.
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Examples from the Web for untamed

Contemporary Examples of untamed

Historical Examples of untamed

  • He seemed to have a wild, shy look, like the offspring of an untamed, animal.

  • 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

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for untamed



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

verb (tr)

to make tame; domesticate
to break the spirit of, subdue, or curb
to tone down, soften, or mitigate
Derived Formstamable or tameable, adjectivetamability, tameability, tamableness or tameableness, nountameless, adjectivetamely, adverbtameness, nountamer, noun

Word Origin for tame

Old English tam; related to Old Norse tamr, Old High German zam
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Word Origin and History for untamed

mid-14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tame (v.). Cf. Old Norse utamdr, Old High German ungizamot.



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.

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