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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: tam

tame

1 adjective
     
tame1
1HBA a tame animal or bird is not wild any longer, because it has been trained to live with people [≠ wild]:
tame elephants
2 informal dull and disappointing:
Most of the criticism has been pretty tame.
I decided that teaching was too tame for me.
3 [only before noun] British English used to describe a person who is willing to do what other people ask, even if it is slightly dishonest:
If you have a tame doctor, he might give you a sick note.
tamely adverb
tameness noun [uncountable]
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