Green’s Dictionary of Slang

queer v.

1. [late 18C–mid-19C] to quiz or ridicule, to puzzle.

2. [late 18C–1930s] to impose on, to swindle, to cheat; thus queer a flat, to hoodwink a gullible victim.

3. [late 18C+] to spoil, to put out of order.

4. [early 19C; 1970s] to act in an odd manner.

5. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) to pose as.

6. [mid-19C+] of a person, to spoil the reputation of, to spoil someone’s efforts or opportunities.

7. [1910s] (US) to cause trouble for.

8. [1970s+] to sexually abuse.

9. [2010s] to highlight the homosexual aspects of a given form of creativity, e.g. painting.

In phrases

queer someone’s act (v.)

see under act n.

queer someone’s ogle (v.) (also queer someone’s ogles) [ogle n. (1)]

[late 18C–mid-19C] to get or give a black eye.

queer someone’s pitch (v.) (also queer the pitch) [SE pitch, a stall; music-hall use, where it dealt with one actor stealing a scene from the others, and in turn from street patterers, whose open-air pitch would be queered by an over-officious policeman]

1. [mid-19C+] to spoil someone else’s efforts, usu. deliberately; occas., to ruin an object or place.

2. [1920s] (Aus.) as queer behave badly, to ‘go off the rails’.

queer the game (v.) [game n. (6)]

[late 19C–1910s] to cause trouble for someone.

queer the quod (v.) [quod n. (1)]

[late 18C] (US Und.) to break out of jail.

queer the stifler (v.) (also queer the noose) [stifler n. (1)]

[early 19C] to escape the gallows.