Definition of


  1. (verb, change) correct by punishment or discipline
  2. (verb, change) make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
    The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog
  3. (verb, change) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
    reclaim falcons
  4. (verb, change) adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
    tame the soil
  5. (verb, communication) make less strong or intense; soften
    The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements
  6. (adj, all) flat and uninspiring
  7. (adj, all) very docile
    meek as a mouse
  8. (adj, all) brought from wildness into a domesticated state
    fields of tame blueberries
  9. (adj, all) very restrained or quiet
    she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Tame


Alternate forms of Tame

Derivations: tamable, tameable, tameness, tamer

Hyponyms: break, break in

Hypernyms: accommodate, adapt, alter, change, modify

Origin of the word Tame

  1. O.E. tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from P.Gmc. *tamaz (cf. O.N. tamr, O.S., O.Fris., M.L.G., M.Du. tam, O.H.G. zam, Ger. zahm "tame," Goth. tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cf. Skt. damayati "tames;" Pers. dam "a tame animal;" Gk. daman "to tame, subdue… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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