noun Informal.
photographs of nearly nude young men in magazines or the like, posed to display their muscular bodies.

1945–50; beef + cake, modeled on cheesecake Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
beefcake (ˈbiːfˌkeɪk)
slang Compare cheesecake men displayed for their muscular bodies, esp in photographs

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Word Origin & History

by 1952, "display of male pulchritude" in movies or magazines; said to have been modeled on cheesecake, but there seems to have been an actual foodstuff called beefcake around this time. The word seems to be little used in that literal sense since the other sense emerged.
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Slang Dictionary

beefcake definition

  1. n.
    a display of the male physique. (See also cheesecake.) : There was one calendar showing beefcake rather than the usual cheesecake.
  2. n.
    a muscularly handsome male. : She's been going out with a real beefcake.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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