1. a hoax, a confidence trick; thus play the queer v., to hoodwink.
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 15: Cunning – Queer.|
|Paul Clifford II 265: There’s some swell cove of a lord gives a blow-out to-day; and the lads, dear souls! think to play the queer on some straggler.|
2. (also queer stuff) counterfeit money.
|Discoveries (1774) 30: Then we go and fisk the Blunt, and gee if none is quare.|
|Life in London (1869) 193: The Duke and the ‘Dealer in Queer’.|
|Don Juan in London II 406: That Jew is a dealer in base coin. [...] Regular markets in various public and private houses are kept by the principal agents, who receive the white and yellow queer, as it is called.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY)1 Oct. n.p.: He sports a ‘fummy’ covered with ‘farnies,’ a ‘ticker,’ and a ‘dummy’ filled with queer .|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 105: Dealers in queer, passers of bad money.|
|US Police Gazette 14 May 4/3: A ‘shover’ named Flynn, [...] obtained a quantity of ‘queer’ and went with it to Mrs. Beemer’s house and left it on her table [DA].|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Sept. n.p.: Jim Colbert, their outside partner, furnished them with the ‘queer’ to play with a greenhorn.|
|Galaxy (N.Y.) May 656: But the more seductive and general way is to have the order come unaccompanied by any money, whereupon the ‘queer’ is ‘forwarded C.O.D. by express, packed in small boxes so as to defy detection’.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 358: Gentlemen, I don’t want no fightin’ at this’ere game, nor no ‘queer’ played in on me. Steal everybody’s checks but mine, and now, ye d—n rascals, pitch in!|
|Man Traps of N.Y. 28: A passer of ‘queer’ would rush into a store with a ten dollar note.|
|Atlanta Constitution 21 Dec. 9/1: There has been some [illegible] shipments of ‘green goods’ from Chicago and other cities [...] and there is an overproduction of the queer stuff and a consequent drag on the market.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 240: He hardly ever uttered the spurious coins himself [...] and, consequently, seldom had any ‘queer’ about his person.|
|Tramping with Tramps 396: QUEER, THE: counterfeit money.|
|World of Graft 94: The only grafts that ever really flourished, as the papers say, was the Tenderloin, the gamblin’ joints, an’ the queer* [*Green-goods].|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 249: A poor old ‘dago’ grafter, a queer-maker.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 224: That’s the punkest piece of queer I ever saw.|
|Strictly Business (1915) 77: ‘What’s his line?’ [...] ‘The queer, I guess.’.‘The Poet and the Peasant’ in|
|Gay-cat 304: Queer, The — counterfeit money.|
|Broadway Racketeers 68: He [...] only wanted to print what could be sold, as he didn’t want to carry any of the queer West with him.|
|Chicago May (1929) 185: A girl, named Brown, was brought in for passing the queer (false money), and helping to make it. In other words, she was convicted of both counterfeiting and uttering. [Ibid.] 260: Laying down the Querre (usually called ‘The Queer’), comes from the French argot, and means false or counterfeit money.|
|Rough Stuff 194: This fellow had already done time for what they call ‘making queer’, that is passing counterfeit silver dollars and fifty-cent pieces.|
|On Broadway 5 Apr. [synd. col.] Immigration men collected a phoney money-passer [...] in a midtown swank spot. He’d get good money from the cashier and switch your change into ‘queer.’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Men of the Und. 324: Queer, Counterfeit money.|
|Pimp 228: They rapped all night about that perfect ‘queer’.|
3. a look (on one’s face); a look (at something).
|Deacon Brodie I tab.I v: Won’t Mrs. Deacon let me have a queer at her phiz?|
4. a homosexual, usu. male, occas. female.
|Journal Hist. Sexuality V 593: Fourteen young men were invited [...] with the premise that they would have the opportunity of meeting some of the prominent ‘queers,’ [...] and the further attraction that some ‘chickens’ as the new recruits in the vice are called, would be available.|
|Disinherited 214: He backed away suspiciously, thinking I was a queer.|
|(ref. to 1920s) Over the Wall 277: There was even a little room [...] where the ‘fairies,’ ‘pansies,’ and ‘queers’ conducted their lewd practices.|
|Hey, Sucker 96: queer ... a person with subnormal sex ideas.|
|Little Sister 172: Maybe I’m a queer, but for me you don’t have no more sex appeal than a turtle.|
|USA Confidential 93: Girl queers breed at Wellesley.|
|Viper 12: Clubs for queers and lesbians and every other kind of pervert.|
|On The Road (1972) 71: When a queer approached me in a bar john I took out the gun and said, ‘Eh? Eh?’ What’s that you say?|
|Bang To Rights 32: There is of course plenty of queers who are always willing to accommodate you.|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 46: ‘I can get someone else to do it. Not a crazy little queer who wants to make holes in my nose and fill them up with green stones’.|
|All Night Stand 119: Bunch of bloody queers, that lot.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 266: The queer was too wrapped up in buying women’s clothes.|
|Family Arsenal 123: So many queers think of it as their own vehicle.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 26: I didn’t know what queers were.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 127: I think he’s a queer, because he hates women.|
|Guardian G2 15 Mar. 4: I’ve got the queer from Gay News next.|
|Observer Mag. 25 July 14: A bit of knifework from the National Front, who singled him out as a ‘Fucking Jew Queer’.|
|Grits 232: Ey, Ikey mun, tell Mags yer about em fuckin queers.|
|Last Precinct 369: Lucy’s quit her job so she don’t get fired because she’s a smart-ass queer.|
|Our Town 268: The Kluxer announced [...] ‘It says in the Bible, shoot ’em,’ so, he concluded, ‘if you shoot queers and race mixers, you got His blessing.’.|
5. an eccentric.
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 195: That queer you and jinx met the other night. Hasn’t she got a Cadillac?|
|Remembering How We Stood 69: The definition of an Irish ‘queer’ is supposed to be ‘a man that prefers women to drink’.|
6. (US Und.) a heterosexual who enjoys non-standard sexual practices.
|Cast the First Stone 152: A new girl can hardly believe she’s hearing and seeing straight. Like me and the first queer I got just two days after I began in the business.|
7. (Aus.) a fool, a simpleton.
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 237/2: queer (quince) – somebody who is stupid.|
8. (US campus) one who works (overly) hard.
|CUSS 179: Queer A person who studies a great deal.et al.|
an effeminate young boy who attracts, or is supposed to attract older male homosexuals; thus as v., to seek out a homosexual encounter for money.
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process (1969) 997: Most of my friends queer-bait, but I don’t [...] Ain’t no sense in queer-baitin’; I don’t need the money that bad.in Cressey & Ward|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 29: She knew he wouldn’t go with her while the others were there, fearing the jeers of queerbait.|
|Body of Evidence (1992) 247: One of the queerbaits from the restaurant she wrote about in her letters is dying of AIDS even as we speak.|
|Way Home (2009) 203: I’m a big man [...] but I look like queer bait next to them ABs.|
one who specializes in beating up (and usu. robbing) male homosexuals.
|Rushes (1981) 28: He disarmed a ‘queer-basher’ ready to lash with a chain at a cowring man.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 10: The rain had washed all the baby prostitutes and twangy boys, the chicken hawks and queer bashers, the gonifs and petty grifters off the four corners of Hollywood and Vine.|
|Helsingør Station and Other Departures 127: The Couch and Hound [...] patronized by queers and queer-bashers.‘The Bird I Fancied’ in|
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 18: HB has made himself a one-off T-shirt – it says: ‘Queerbashers’ above a photograph of him brandishing a machine-gun; below it the legend: ‘Come and Get It’.letter|
the beating up (and usu. robbing) of male homosexuals.
|[||Gang Delinquency and Delinquent Subcultures (1968) 140: A concern over homosexuality [...] is manifested by the institutionalized practice of baiting ‘queers’ often accompanised by violent physical attacks].‘Gang Delinquency’ in Short|
|Signs of Crime 198: Queer bashing Assaulting male homosexuals either for gain or for perverse pleasure.|
|Meg 218: I used to do some queer-bashing myself.|
|Observer Screen 30 Jan. 6: Any boy that didn’t respond positively to PE became the subject of a bullying that was queerbashing by any other name.|
|Guardian G2 19 Aug. 3: I am too old and sanguine by nature to be disturbed by this unseen queer-bashing.|
|Guardian Culture on Line 1 July [Internet] The line about a friend getting beaten up by queer-bashers was true.|
the beating up (and robbery) of homosexual men; thus queer-roller, one who does this.
|Lavender Lex. n.p.: dirt:–Hoodlums, tramps, pill pushers, leaches, and sometimes renegade homosexuals; Prospective queer-rollers.|
|Signs of Crime 198: Queer rolling Robbing male homosexuals.|
(UK Und.) a passer of counterfeit money.
|Missouri Republican 4 Mar. n.p.: The police are looking for the queer-shover [F&H].|
|Life In Sing Sing 257: Queer Shover. Passer of counterfeit money.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
one who makes or distributes counterfeit money.
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 15 Oct. n.p.: Call for their wine, pay for it in what is called queer by the queersmen [...] a term applicable to counterfeitr oney by those who dabble in the article.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 63: Fred Biebush steadily followed the traffic of the ‘queersman’ in the west and southwest.|
(US Und.) to pass counterfeit money.
|Jansas City Sun 1 Dec. 1/1: There is ‘Hoodwinking’ [...] ‘BullCon,’ ‘Heifer Dust,’ ‘Pushing the Queer’ and a score of other vulgar ‘supplants’ of the world deception.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|DAUL 168/1: Push queer. To pass counterfeit money.et al.|
to pass counterfeit money.
|Discoveries (1774) 42: I am passing quare Blunt; putting off bad Money.|
|Commercial Advertiser (N.Y.) 10 Sept. 2/2–3: [He] was seen to take out of his pocket and put down a pocket book [...] One entry ran somewhat as follows:-- ‘N. York, Aug. Rec’d of the Old Man, 300 queers. 6th Shoved -- -- 5. 8th Shoved -- -- 10.’ Hays [...] said, that by queer, among the fraternity, was meant counterfeit money, and the same as cogniac. 300 queers, or cogniac, would therefore read, in English, 300 dollars. By shove [...] was meant to get off a bad bill, without detection.|
|Vocabulum 79: ‘Shove queer,’ pass counterfeit money.|
|Night Side of N.Y. 64: ‘Shoving the queer’ is the craft expression for circulating spurious money.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 91: He had seen him and others ‘shoving the queer’.|
|Post Office Burglars of the Shawangunk Mountains 98: He stated that he had been arrested several times for various offences, the last time — in detective parlance — for shoving of the queer, or in other words, for passing counterfeit money.|
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 3 Dec. 17/7: ‘Shoving the queer [...] means to pass counterfeit money.|
|Sporting Times 11 Jan. 1: He was Promptly Given Into Custody for Attempting to Shove the Queer.|
|Argus (Melbourne) 20 Sept. 6/4: The man who utters it [...] may be either a boodle carrier, a snide-pitcher, or a shovel pitcher while the operation itself is to pitch or to shove queer.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 37: He told us about ‘shoving the queer’.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 175: Shovin’ two-bit queers—‘Silk’ Tavannes, the silk-lined terror o’ the rural boob.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Detective Story 17 Dec. [Internet] A waiter, who made passing the queer a side issue.‘The Man Who Never Forgot’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 414: Shoving queer – passing false currency.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Sporting Times 24: The Old Gentleman [...] was Promptly given into Custody for Attempting to Shove the Queer.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 37: passing the queer – see ‘shoving the queer’.|
|Popular Sports Jan. [Internet] The clerk examines the tenner and finds it is a counterfeit. As you know, we’ve had quite a bit of queer shoving in town lately.‘You Gotta Have Luck’ in|
|‘I Was a Pickpocket’ in Men of the Und. 76: He told us about ‘shoving the queer’.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 817: shoving the queer – Passing counterfeit money, checks or money orders.|