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

  • 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 broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English tam; see demə- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old English tam


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