1. [mid-19C+] intoxicated by liquor or [1930s+] drugs.
2. [1910s+] criminal; corrupt; thus on the bend under bend n.1 ; thus bent copper, bent screw, corrupt police officer, prison-warder.
3. [1910s] spoiled, ruined.
4. [1930s+] illegal, stolen.
5. [1950s+] considered as sexually eccentric, esp. homosexual; as half-bent, bisexual.
6. [1960s] impoverished, penniless.
7. [1960s+] (orig. US) eccentric, acting oddly, behaving in a strange manner.
8. [1960s+] (US) angry, excited; usu. in phr. bent out of shape
9. [2000s] in weak form of sense 5, weak, emotional.
[2010s] a homosexual.
see limp wrist n. (1)
[1950s–70s] extremely corrupt, highly criminal.
[1930s] highly corrupt.
1. (also bent as a forty-eight pence piece) of a person, dishonest or of an object, stolen.
1. [1980s] (Aus.) extremely corrupt.
2. [1980s] homosexual.
1. intoxicated by a drug, esp. cannabis or LSD, or extremely drunk.
2. very angry.
3. excited, emotional, concerned.
1. to become corrupt.
2. to turn to criminality.
3. to let down, to desert.
4. of one’s girlfriend, to take up with someone else.
5. [1990s] (Aus.) to go wrong, to fail.
SE in slang uses
[2000s] (US teen) to misinterpret, to ‘read’ incorrectly.
[1910s–30s] of a woman who may no longer be easily marriageable, to abandon one’s hopes of a perfect partner, substituting instead an elderly but constant admirer.
[1950s+] (US campus) a general excl. of dismissal or contempt.