Green’s Dictionary of Slang

queer n.

[SE queer, odd/queer adj.]

1. [mid-18C–1910s] a hoax, a confidence trick; thus play the queer v., to hoodwink.

2. [mid-18C+] (also queer stuff) counterfeit money.

3. [late 19C] a look (on one’s face); a look (at something).

4. [1910s+] a homosexual, usu. male, occas. female.

5. [1940s] an eccentric.

6. [1950s] (US Und.) a heterosexual who enjoys non-standard sexual practices.

7. [1950s] (Aus.) a fool, a simpleton.

8. [1960s] (US campus) one who works (overly) hard.

In compounds

queerbait (n.)

[1950s+] 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.

queer-basher (n.)

[1960s+] one who specializes in beating up (and usu. robbing) male homosexuals.

queer-bashing (n.)

[1960s+] the beating up (and usu. robbing) of male homosexuals.

queer-rolling (n.) [roll v. (3a)]

[1960s+] the beating up (and robbery) of homosexual men; thus queer-roller, one who does this.

queer shover (n.)

[late 19C+] (UK Und.) a passer of counterfeit money.

queersman (n.)

[late 19C] one who makes or distributes counterfeit money.

In phrases

push the queer (v.)

[1910s–50s] (US Und.) to pass counterfeit money.

shove the queer (v.) (also pass the queer)

[mid-18C–1950s] to pass counterfeit money.