I. adjective (tamer; tamest) 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
tamely adverbtameness noun II. verb (tamed; taming) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. 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 tamedTimes Literary Supplement
3. to tone down ; soften <
tamed the language in the play
intransitive verb to become tame • tamable or tameable adjectivetamer noun

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