One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small coin formerly used in the Netherlands, equal to one twentieth of a guilder.
- ‘He records 9 stivers per day for Venice.’
- 1.1archaic Any coin of low value.
- ‘I paid 21 stivers for fare and other expenses.’
- 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.
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