Definition of stiver in English:



  • 1A small coin formerly used in the Netherlands, equal to one twentieth of a guilder.

    • ‘He records 9 stivers per day for Venice.’
    1. 1.1archaic Any coin of low value.
      • ‘I paid 21 stivers for fare and other expenses.’
    2. 1.2archaic with negative A very small or insignificant amount.
      ‘they didn't care a stiver’
      • ‘For not getting the first honour; the puppy, I wouldn't care a stiver, if I hadn't set my heart upon it?’
      • ‘I had never seen him, but once since I was a baby, and I well knew he had never cared a stiver about me.’


From Dutch stuiver, denoting a small coin; probably related to the noun stub.