adjective \ˈtām\

: not wild : trained to obey people

: not afraid of people

: not exciting or interesting


Full Definition of TAME

:  reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans :  domesticated <tame animals>
:  made docile and submissive :  subdued
:  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



: to make (an animal) tame

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


Full Definition of TAME

transitive verb
a :  to reduce from a wild to a domestic state
b :  to subject to cultivation
c :  to bring under control :  harness
:  to deprive of spirit :  humble, subdue <the once revolutionary…party, long since tamedTimes Literary Supplement>
:  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


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