See also: Tame and tamë

English edit

 
Dogs and sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated.

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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English tame, tome, weak inflection forms of Middle English tam, tom, from Old English tam, tom (domesticated, tame), from Proto-West Germanic *tam (tame), from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (brought into the home, tame), from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (to tame, dominate).

Cognate with Scots tam, tame (tame), Saterland Frisian tom (tame), West Frisian tam (tame), Dutch tam (tame), Low German Low German tamm, tahm (tame), German zahm (tame), Danish tam (tame), Swedish tam (tame), Icelandic tamur (tame).

The verb is from Middle English tamen, temen, temien, from Old English temian (to tame), from Proto-West Germanic *tammjan, from Proto-Germanic *tamjaną (to tame).

Adjective edit

tame (comparative tamer, superlative tamest)

  1. Not or no longer wild; domesticated.
    Antonym: wild
    They have a tame wildcat.
  2. (chiefly of animals) Mild and well-behaved; accustomed to human contact.
    Synonym: gentle
    The lion was quite tame.
  3. (figurative) Of a person, well-behaved; not radical or extreme.
    • 1913, Arthur Conan Doyle, “(please specify the page)”, in The Poison Belt [], London; New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
      What, for example, were Fraunhofer's lines? McArdle had just been studying the matter with the aid of our tame scientist at the office, and he picked from his desk two of those many-coloured spectral bands which bear a general resemblance to the hat-ribbons of some young and ambitious cricket club.
  4. (obsolete) Of a non-Westernised person, accustomed to European society.
    • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 290:
      The victim was Captain Bickenson, who had gone there from Port Darwin to try the pearling grounds, and for this purpose employed a number of tame blacks about the schooner.
  5. Not exciting.
    Synonyms: dull, flat, insipid, unexciting
    Antonym: exciting
    This party is too tame for me.
    For a thriller, that film was really tame.
    • 2015 February 15, “Tobacco”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 2, episode 2, John Oliver (actor), via HBO:
      Wow! So the implication there is that even 12-year-olds in France will find the movie tame. “Yes, eet was a, an amusing erotic trifle, I supposa. Ze love-making was passable, but, uh, belt play is a leettle pedestriahn, don’t you seenk?”.
  6. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
  7. (mathematics, of a knot) Capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
    Antonym: wild
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tame (third-person singular simple present tames, present participle taming, simple past and past participle tamed)

  1. (transitive) To make (an animal) tame; to domesticate.
    He tamed the wild horse.
  2. (intransitive) To become tame or domesticated.
    • 2006, Gayle Soucek, Doves, page 78:
      Tambourines are shy birds and do not tame easily.
  3. (transitive) To make gentle or meek.
    to tame a rebellion
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English tamen (to cut into, broach). Compare French entamer.

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tame (third-person singular simple present tames, present participle taming, simple past and past participle tamed)

  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
    • 1642, Thomas Fuller, The Holy State, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Roger Daniel for John Williams, [], →OCLC:
      In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need.

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Inari Sami edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Samic *δëmē.

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Noun edit

taṃe

  1. glue

Inflection edit

Even e-stem, -m gradation
Nominative taṃe
Genitive tame
Singular Plural
Nominative taṃe tameh
Accusative tame toomijd
Genitive tame tomij
toomij
Illative taṃan toomijd
Locative taameest toomijn
Comitative toomijn tomijguin
Abessive tamettáá tomijttáá
Essive tammeen
Partitive tammeed
Possessive forms
Singular Dual Plural
1st person
2nd person
3rd person

Further reading edit

  • tame in Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Taarna Valtonen, Miina Seurujärvi and Trond Trosterud (2015–2022) Nettidigisäänih Anarâškiela-suomakielâ-anarâškielâ sänikirje[1], Tromsø: UiT
  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002–2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[2], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

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Romanization edit

tame

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ため

Middle English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old English tam, tom, from Proto-West Germanic *tam (tame).

Adjective edit

tame

  1. (of animals) tame, domesticated
  2. (of plants) cultivated, domesticated
  3. overcome, subdued
  4. (of people) meek, compliant
  5. (anatomy, medicine, of a fistula) inner, interior
Alternative forms edit
  • tam; tom, tome (early Southwest and Southwest Midlands)
Descendants edit
  • English: tame
  • Scots: tame

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Verb edit

tame (third-person singular simple present tameth, present participle tamende, tamynge, first-/third-person singular past indicative and past participle tamed)

  1. Alternative form of tamen (to cut, carve)

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tame (uncountable)

  1. (Northern) Alternative form of tome (freetime)

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tame

  1. (non-standard since 2012) definite singular of tam
  2. (non-standard since 2012) plural of tam

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tame (Cyrillic spelling таме)

  1. inflection of tama:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

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tame

  1. definite natural masculine singular of tam

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