Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scene n.

1. [late 19C+] any situation.

2. [20C+] a place, esp. a party.

3. [1920s+] the fashionable world, usu. of the young, as defined by the current trends.

4. [1940s+] (drugs) the drug-taking environment.

5. [1960s+] (gay) a lengthy sexual encounter; often paid-for.

6. [1960s+] (orig. US black) choice, preference; usu. as not one’s scene

7. [1970s+] a sexual relationship.

8. [1990s+] (US gay) a situation created as a backdrop to a given sexual fantasy.

9. [2000s] (S.Afr. gay) the meeting places and relationships of the gay community.

In compounds

scene queen (n.) [-queen sfx (2)]

[1980s+] (gay) one who frequents the world of bars, restaurants and streets equated with the gay lifestyle.

In phrases

cut the scene (v.)

[1940s–60s] (US) to leave.

make the scene (v.)

1. [1950s+] to be involved in a particular situation, esp. one that features fashionable, smart people.

2. [1950s+] to go somewhere.

3. [1950s+] to understand, to appreciate a situation, to experience something.

4. [1960s–70s] to appear, to be present.

5. [1960s–70s] (US gay) to have sexual intercourse.

not one’s scene (n.) [1960s+] (orig. US)

1. describing an unpleasant or unacceptable situation.

2. describing anything not to one’s taste.

quit the scene (v.)

[1950s] (US black) to die.

scene on someone (v.) [1970s+] (US black)

1. to show off in front of, to attempt to impress.

2. to belittle.

3. to attempt to gain an advantage over someone by out-talking them.

split the scene (v.) [split v. (2b)]

[1950s+] (orig. US) to leave, to depart.