I want to know a single word that conveys this meaning "one who tames wild animals".

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    Can you show that you did seriously try to find an answer first? (That's almost a prerequisite on ELU.) – Kris Jan 21 '13 at 9:17


As simple as that.

If they were not wild animals, they would not need to be tamed in the first place, perhaps. As such, a tamer tames (trains) only wild animals (and not domesticated ones).

For others, we have trainer.


There is also the expression:

to break an animal,

typically used with horses. As in,

I break horses.

By extension, you could refer to this person as a breaker of horses.

  • Horse a wild animal? Sure? – Kris Jan 22 '13 at 6:45
  • "domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period ... the wild species from which it was derived is not certainly known. The feral horses of America are domestic horses that have run wild; and it is probably true that most of those of Asia have a similar origin." [Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48] – Kris Jan 22 '13 at 6:55
  • Try explaining that to a bucking colt. :/ – tylerharms Jan 22 '13 at 7:46

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