from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Brought from wildness into a domesticated or tractable state.
- adj. Naturally unafraid; not timid: "The sea otter is gentle and relatively tame” ( Peter Matthiessen).
- adj. Submissive; docile; fawning: tame obedience.
- adj. Insipid; flat: a tame Christmas party.
- adj. Sluggish; languid; inactive: a tame river.
- transitive v. To make tractable; domesticate.
- transitive v. To subdue or curb.
- transitive v. To tone down; soften.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not or no longer wild; domesticated
- adj. Mild and well-behaved; accustomed to human contact
- adj. Not exciting
- adj. Capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
- v. to make something tame
- v. to become tame
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
- adj. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic.
- adj. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
- adj. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid.
- transitive v. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate.
- transitive v. To subdue; to conquer; to repress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Reclaimed from wildness, savagery, or barbarism.
- Of beasts, birds, etc.: Reclaimed from the feral condition or state of nature for the use or benefit of man; not wild; domesticated; made tractable.
- Having lost or not exhibiting the usual characteristics of a wild animal, as ferocity, fear of man, and shyness: as, a tame wild cat; the wild ducks are quite tame this season; the bear seemed very tame.
- Cultivated; improved: noting land, vegetable products, etc.
- Submissive; spiritless; pusillanimous.
- Sluggish; languid; dull; lacking earnestness, fervor, or ardor.
- Deficient in interesting or striking qualities; uninspiring; insipid; flat: as, a tame description.
- Ineffectual; impotent; inert.
- Accommodated to one's habits; wonted; accustomed.
- Feeble, vapid, prosy, prosaic.
- To reclaim from a wild or savage state; overcome the natural ferocity or shyness of; make gentle and tractable; domesticate; break in, as a wild beast or bird.
- To subdue; curb; reduce to submission.
- To destroy; kill.
- To deprive of courage, spirit, ardor, or animation.
- To make subdued in color or luster; soften; relieve; tone down.
- To open; broach.
- To divide; deal out; formerly, to cut; carve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. very restrained or quiet
- v. correct by punishment or discipline
- adj. very docile
- adj. flat and uninspiring
- v. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
- adj. brought from wildness into a domesticated state
- v. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
- v. make less strong or intense; soften
- v. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
Middle English, from Old English tam; see demə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English tam (Wiktionary)