Meaning of TAME in English


I. ˈtām adjective

( tam·er ; tam·est )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tam; akin to Old High German zam tame, Latin domare to tame, Greek damnanai

Date: before 12th century

1. : reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans : domesticated

tame animals

2. : made docile and submissive : subdued

3. : lacking spirit, zest, interest, or the capacity to excite : insipid

a tame campaign

• tame·ly adverb

• tame·ness noun

II. verb

( tamed ; tam·ing )

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to reduce from a wild to a domestic state

b. : to subject to cultivation

c. : to bring under control : harness

2. : to deprive of spirit : humble , subdue

the once revolutionary…party, long since tamed — Times Literary Supplement

3. : 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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.