American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nickel coin used in the Netherlands and worth 1/20 of a guilder.
- n. Something of small value.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small coin formerly current in Holland and in the Dutch colonies: in Dutch called stuiver. A small silver coin formerly current in Holland, the twentieth part of the Dutch gulden.
- n. A copper coin formerly current in the Dutch colonies.
- n. Hence Any very small coin, or coin of little value.
- n. An inhabitant of the stews; a harlot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Dutch coin, and money of account, of the value of two cents, or about one penny sterling; hence, figuratively, anything of little worth.
- From Dutch stuiver, cognate with Middle Low German stüver. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch stuiver, from Middle Dutch stuyver. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ A stiver is a Dutch coin equal to 1/20 of a guilder.”
“Six white beads of wampum to the stiver was the rate established by authority in 1673.] _26th, Tuesday.”
“I could not prevail on them to accept one stiver, doit, or maravedi, for the trouble and expenses of my sick bed.”
““I was plundered of every stiver when they took me — it shall avail thee much.””
“Well, as he was a-going to depart this bachelor life, he did what every man in such suckmstances ought to do; he made his will, — that is, he made a dispasition of his property, and wrote letters to his creditors telling them of his lucky chance; and that after his marridge he would sutnly pay them every stiver.”
“‘Well, you tell Holdaway that I’m aground, not a stiver — not a stiver.”
“He said he had not a stiver, but he was drunk enough.”
“Mr. Whip Vigil, on the other hand, declared on the part of Government that the bridge was wholly unnecessary; that if it were built it ought to be pulled down again; and that not a stiver could be given out of the public purse with such an object.”
“Not a stiver, mon garçon - which means, my lad: get up, and we'll take a turn through the mill before the hands come in, and”
“Doones indeed they were, about which you of course know best — took every stiver out of the carriage: wet or dry they took it.”
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