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1tame

adjective \ˈtām\

: not wild : trained to obey people

: not afraid of people

: not exciting or interesting

tam·ertam·est

Full Definition of TAME

1
:  reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans :  domesticated <tame animals>
2
:  made docile and submissive :  subdued
3
:  lacking spirit, zest, interest, or the capacity to excite :  insipid <a tame campaign>
tame·ly adverb
tame·ness noun

Examples of TAME

  1. The island's birds are quite tame.
  2. They ran a pretty tame campaign.
  3. Some people were shocked by the movie, but I found the story pretty tame.
  4. Members of the audience were too tame to interrupt the speaker.

Origin of TAME

Middle English, from Old English tam; akin to Old High German zam tame, Latin domare to tame, Greek damnanai
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with TAME

2tame

verb

: to make (an animal) tame

: to make (something) less wild or difficult to control : to bring (something) under control

tamedtam·ing

Full Definition of TAME

transitive verb
1
a :  to reduce from a wild to a domestic state
b :  to subject to cultivation
c :  to bring under control :  harness
2
:  to deprive of spirit :  humble, subdue <the once revolutionary…party, long since tamedTimes Literary Supplement>
3
:  to tone down :  soften <tamed the language in the play>
intransitive verb
:  to become tame
tam·able or tame·able \ˈtā-mə-bəl\ adjective
tam·er noun

Examples of TAME

  1. It took a while to tame the horse.
  2. the people who tamed the Wild West
  3. He struggled to tame his temper.
  4. The government needs to do something to tame inflation.

First Known Use of TAME

13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
TAMEABLE Defined for Kids

1tame

adjective \ˈtām\
tam·ertam·est

Definition of TAME for Kids

1
:  changed from the wild state so as to become useful and obedient to people :  domestic <a tame elephant>
2
:  not afraid of people <The chipmunks at the park are very tame.>
3
:  not interesting :  dull <a tame movie>
tame·ly adverb

2tame

verb
tamedtam·ing

Definition of TAME for Kids

:  to make or become gentle or obedient <They tamed the lion.>
tam·er noun

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