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.

Synonyms: Gentle, mild, meek. See Gentle.

Origin: 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. 61. Cf. Adamant, Diamond, Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.

(01 Mar 1998)

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