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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Definitions for stiver

  1. the smallest possible amount: not worth a stiver; not a stiver of work.
  2. Also, stuiver. a former nickel coin of the Netherlands, equal to five Dutch cents.

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Citations for stiver
... I care not a stiver for popularity; and as to suspicion, who is he that can escape from the calumny of the envious? Edward Bulwer-Lytton, My Novel; or, Varieties in English Life, 1853
... there has been no class of tariff favorites who have been willing to give up a stiver of the advantage they have received at the expense of their fellow citizens. , "Freeing Their Minds," New York Times, January 4, 1902
Origin of stiver
1495-1505
Stiver comes from the Dutch noun stuiver a small coin worth one twentieth of a guilder. It entered English around 1500.
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