Definition of tame adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//teɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪm//
    (tamer, tamest)
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  1. 1(of animals, birds, etc.) not afraid of people, and used to living with them The bird became so tame that it was impossible to release it back into the wild. opposite wild
  2. 2(informal) not interesting or exciting You'll find life here pretty tame after New York.
  3. 3(informal) (of a person) willing to do what other people ask I have a tame doctor who'll always give me a sick note when I want a day off.
  4. Word OriginOld English tam (adjective), temmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tam and German zahm, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin domare and Greek daman ‘tame, subdue’.Extra examples I found the violence in the film surprisingly tame. Most of the jokes are relatively tame. The recent violence makes previous uprisings look tame by comparison. To us it was all pretty tame stuff. living a life that makes Wild West movies look positively tame After what I’ve just been through, hitching a ride seems pretty tame stuff! Such games must all sound rather tame to today’s children. You’ll probably find life here pretty tame after New York.
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