Definitions for: Tame


[adj] flat and uninspiring
[adj] very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes
[adj] brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
[adj] very restrained or quiet; "a tame Christmas party"; "she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed"
[v] make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
[v] correct by punishment or discipline
[v] make (animals) fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
[v] overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
[v] adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tame, v. t. [Cf. F. entamer to cut into, to broach.]
To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to
distribute; to deal out. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country,
and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his
stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but
providence, hath reserved for time of need. --Fuller.


Tame, a. [Compar. Tamer; superl. Tamest.] [AS. tam;
akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel.
tamr, L. domare to tame, Gr. ?, Skr. dam to be tame, to tame,
and perhaps to E. beteem. [root]61. Cf. Adamant, Diamond,
Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.]
1. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness;
accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame
deer, a tame bird.

2. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.

Tame slaves of the laborious plow. --Roscommon.

3. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat;
insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.

Syn: Gentle; mild; meek. See Gentle.


Tame, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Taming.] [AS. tamian, temian, akin to D. tammen, temmen, G.
z["a]hmen, OHG. zemmen, Icel. temja, Goth. gatamjan. See
Tame, a.]
1. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle
and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a
wild beast.

They had not been tamed into submission, but baited
into savegeness and stubbornness. --Macaulay.

2. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride
or passions of youth.

Synonyms: broken, broken in, chasten, cultivate, cultivated, docile, domestic, domesticate, domesticated, gentle, meek, moderate, naturalise, naturalize, subdue, subdued, tamed, tone down, unexciting

Antonyms: untamed, wild

See Also: accommodate, adapt, alter, alter, break, break in, change, change, quiet, tractable

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