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[stahy-ver] /ˈstaɪ vər/
Also, stuiver. a former nickel coin of the Netherlands, equal to five Dutch cents.
the smallest possible amount:
not worth a stiver; not a stiver of work.
Origin of stiver
First recorded in 1495-1505, stiver is from the Dutch word stuiver Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for stiver
Historical Examples
  • For a hundred guineas I'll let you into a secret and if I fail I won't ask you for a stiver.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • "Not worth a stiver" is a colloquialism to express a person's poverty.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • His swinging footsteps could be heard growing fainter, but no stiver of my silver had lined his pocket.

    The Other Fellow F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I have not a stiver to leave any one; so don't you count on that.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • They must have quarreled, and stiver left Dutton, who later fell from his horse.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • “I have not a stiver,” said Daley, feeling first in one pocket, then in the other.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Mrs. stiver is busy with an obstetrical case, and that town nurse of yours is off on vacation, ain't she?

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Not a stiver in his pockets, nor as much as a sleeve-link to help pay for the burial.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • All the other children at his age—when they have a stiver they either save it or buy themselves something.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • This poor wretch from Exeter had not a stiver about him, so they refused to shift him.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for stiver


a former Dutch coin worth one twentieth of a guilder
a small amount, esp of money
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch stuiver; related to Middle Low German stüver, Danish styver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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