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adj. tam·er, tam·est
1. Brought from wildness into a domesticated or tractable state.
2. Naturally unafraid; not timid: "The sea otter is gentle and relatively tame" (Peter Matthiessen).
3. Submissive; docile; fawning: tame obedience.
4. Insipid; flat: a tame birthday party.
5. Sluggish; languid; inactive: a tame river.
tr.v. tamed, tam·ing, tames
1. To make tame; domesticate: tame a wild horse.
2. To subdue or curb: tamed his explosive anger.
3. To change from an uncontrolled or disorderly to a controlled state: needed some gel to tame his hair.

[Middle English, from Old English tam; see demə- in Indo-European roots.]

tam′a·ble, tame′a·ble adj.
tame′ly adv.
tame′ness n.
tam′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tamed - brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
manipulable, tractable - easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); "tractable young minds"; "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler
2.tamed - brought from wildness; "the once inhospitable landscape is now tamed"
tamed, tame - brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
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References in classic literature ?
"She went into his service immediately after her acquittal, tamed as she is now.
The Thurians do domesticate the colossal lidi, traversing the great Lidi Plains upon the backs of these gro-tesque and stupendous monsters, and possibly there may also be other, far-distant peoples within the great world, who have tamed others of the wild things of jungle, plain or mountain.
"Just been waiting all your life to be tamed and loved, haven't you, old man?" I asked.
The bird-trap was quite empty, as he had caught nothing, and he had to kill a pied Partridge, which he had tamed for a decoy.
The Kalidahs--beasts with bodies like bears and heads like tigers--had once been fierce and bloodthirsty, but even they were now nearly all tamed, although at times one or another of them would get cross and disagreeable.
'Tis said that when The hands of men Tamed this primeval wood, And hoary trees with groans of woe, Like warriors by an unknown foe, Were in their strength subdued, The virgin Earth Gave instant birth To springs that ne'er did flow That in the sun Did rivulets run, And all around rare flowers did blow The wild rose pale Perfumed the gale And the queenly lily adown the dale(Whom the sun and the dew And the winds did woo), With the gourd and the grape luxuriant grew.
Perhaps we are meant to assume that Katharine wants to be "tamed." And while this idea is troubling also, her choice to be "tamed" at least gives her more power in her relationship with Petruchio--at the very least Katharine is consenting to it.
THEATRE At The Casa presents John Fletcher's Jacobean comedy, The Tamer Tamed, by Millennium Players.
He further said the lion was fully tamed and safe to be with.
In essay after essay, he writes that Anglo-American legal thinkers-whether in the eighteenth, nineteenth, or twentieth centuries--were excessively wedded to the dragons of law, foundational history, and society that he has tamed. According to Gordon, the Holmesian modernist moment to which he is heir never really caught on.
Barr added the ending from The Tamer Tamed, set it in the 50s and adorned the set with sexist adverts of the time.
THE problematic shrew might have eventually been tamed but the summer of 2015 remained stubbornly offside, resulting in a much smaller than average crowd settling under umbrellas for the latest visit of the perennially popular Illyria Players to the grounds of Abergavenny Castle.