When you give a quivering and uncertain smile because you are nervous, this is an example of a smile that would be described as tremulous.
- trembling; quivering; palpitating
- fearful; timid; timorous
- marked by or showing trembling or quivering: tremulous excitement
Origin of tremulousClassical Latin tremulus from tremere, to tremble
- a. Marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking: tremulous hands.b. Marked by a rapid varying between pitches or tones: a tremulous voice.
- Timid or fearful: “the tremulous daughter who never left her father's house” ( Margo Jefferson )
Origin of tremulousFrom Latin tremulus from tremere to tremble
(comparative more tremulous, superlative most tremulous)
From Latin tremulus, from tremÅ (“I shake"). Cognate to Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÎÎ¼Ï‰ (trÃ©mÅ).