Definition of untamable in US English:


(also untameable)


  • 1(of an animal) not capable of being domesticated.

    • ‘This is borne out by him in his famous book on Otters, Ring of Bright Water where he writes, ‘They bear as much relation to a domestic cat as a wolf does to a terrier and they are reputedly untameable.’’
    • ‘Feral cats are born into non-domestic situations and are normally untamable unless they're trapped as kittens.’
    • ‘Where is the horse, the steed that bears the triumphant general, the untamable champion loyal only to the skilled commander, so beloved of great leaders from Alexander to Napoleon?’
    • ‘One by one the crowd was released, sometimes rushing like untameable animals, speaking quickly in hurried, excited tones as they offered things to be signed, taking pictures of us and with us.’
    • ‘Lions remain stubborn and untameable symbols of a wilderness as rightly unknowable as they themselves are.’
    • ‘Then the gruesome guard threw me into my stall as if I were an untamable beast.’
    • ‘Over the last century, writers like Rudyard Kipling and moviemakers like Walt Disney have given almost human qualities to what in real life are wild and untamable animals.’
    1. 1.1 Not capable of being controlled.
      ‘her untamable mop of thick black hair’
      • ‘In her naivety, she thought he would always be that untamable boy with no desire to settle down and make a commitment.’
      • ‘He was untamable and completely unpredictable, as though he was driven by an interior violence out of his control.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be the first time we've overestimated the power of the American idea - and encountered some rough beast that is untameable.’
      • ‘Now, I had to figure out what to do with my evil, cruel, untameable, bird's nest black hair.’
      • ‘Her black hair was no longer wild and untamable.’
      • ‘Head swimming, life flashing before my eyes, I stumbled home thinking wild and untameable thoughts.’
      • ‘The wild, untamable canon and the intricate textures of texts have been given back to us after years of being dissected.’
      • ‘Spectators were totally focused on the ebb and flow, but came away with nothing except the feeling that they'd seen something new and untamable.’
      • ‘In my humble opinion, Adobe Acrobat has become an untamable beast.’
      • ‘I went off sailing to Africa, just because I wanted the adventure, the untamable challenge of the sea.’
      • ‘But the vast and untamable character of infinity means that, whatever their claims, neither religious nor secular philosophies can offer us a total or exhaustive interpretation.’
      • ‘They are participants in the great dance of this wild, untamable world.’
      • ‘What was needed was a man of passion, with a love of trees and wild skies and the untameable surf.’
      • ‘Her eyes burning furiously like an untamable fire.’
      • ‘If you have a particular need - such as untamable carb cravings or severe lethargy - your priorities may be different.’
      • ‘Animals may represent the dreamer's instincts or other wild, untameable forces.’
      • ‘Monument Valley's far too wild ever to have been part of the history of American interior colonisation - it is barren, untamable; that's why it was made into a reservation.’
      • ‘A project like this, because of the diversity and plethora of people who came and went, people who stayed and blossomed, people who stayed briefly and moved mountains by their presence, is complex and untameable.’