AskDefine | Define stiver

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English

Etymology

From Dutch stuiver, cognate with Middle Low German stüver.

Pronunciation

/ˈstaɪvə/

Noun

  1. A small Dutch coin worth one twentieth of a guilder.
  2. Anything of small value.
    • 1761: ’Tis not worth a single stiver, said the bandy-leg'd drummer — Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 4 (Penguin 2003, p. 223)

Translations

Danish

Noun

stiver

Extensive Definition

The word stiver is derived from the Dutch Stuiver. It was a currency denomination in use in Ceylon from 1801 until 1821. It was also a denomination that formed part of the currency system of Demarara-Essequibo (later British Guiana, now Guyana).
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