1. extreme stinginess

    Synonyms : closeness, meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimoniousness, parsimony, tightness
    Type Of : stinginess


  1. activity leading to skilled behavior

    Synonyms : grooming, preparation
    Type Of : activity
  2. the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)

    Synonyms : breeding, education
    Type Of : upbringing


  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    Synonyms : banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
    Examples :
    • repeating threadbare jokes
  2. having the nap worn away so that the threads show through

    Examples :
    • threadbare rugs


  1. correct by punishment or discipline

    Synonyms : chasten, subdue
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
  2. make less strong or intense; soften

    Synonyms : moderate, tone down
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
    Examples :
    • The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements
  3. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

    Synonyms : domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
    Examples :
    • He tames lions for the circus
  4. brought from wildness into a domesticated state

    Synonyms : tamed
    Antonyms : wild
    Examples :
    • tame animals
    • fields of tame blueberries
  5. very docile

    Synonyms : meek
    Examples :
    • tame obedience
  6. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans

    Synonyms : domesticate
    Type Of : accommodate, adapt
    Examples :
    • The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog
  7. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

    Synonyms : cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize
    Type Of : accommodate, adapt
    Examples :
    • tame the soil
  8. very restrained or quiet

    Antonyms : wild
    Examples :
    • a tame Christmas party
    • she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed
  9. flat and uninspiring


  1. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

    Synonyms : authoritarian, autocratic, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannic
    Examples :
    • a tyrannical government
  2. marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

    Synonyms : oppressive, tyrannous
    Examples :
    • a tyrannical parent


  1. something given or done as an expression of esteem

    Synonyms : tribute
    Type Of : commendation, approval
  2. something that serves as evidence

    Synonyms : testimony
    Type Of : evidence
  3. something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

    Synonyms : good word, recommendation
    Type Of : extolment, congratulations, kudos, praise
  4. expressing admiration or appreciation

    Examples :
    • testimonial dinner
  5. of or relating to or constituting testimony


  1. frugality in the expenditure of money or resources

    Synonyms : economy
    Type Of : frugality, frugalness


  1. unwilling to part with money

    Synonyms : closefisted, hardfisted


  1. two items of the same kind

    Synonyms : brace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twosome, yoke
    Type Of : deuce, two, 2, ii


  1. becoming gradually narrower

    Synonyms : narrowing, tapered
    Examples :
    • long tapering fingers
  2. gradually decreasing until little remains

    Synonyms : dwindling, tapering off
  3. the act of gradually lowering the size or amount

    Type Of : lowering
    Examples :
    • the doctor prescribed the tapering of the dose