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.
see under act n.
[late 18C–mid-19C] to get or give a black eye.
1. [mid-19C+] to spoil someone else’s efforts, usu. deliberately; occas., to ruin an object or place.
2. [1920s] (Aus.) as queer the...to behave badly, to ‘go off the rails’.
[late 19C–1910s] to cause trouble for someone.
[late 18C] (US Und.) to break out of jail.
[early 19C] to escape the gallows.