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beefcake

[beef-keyk] /ˈbifˌkeɪk/
noun, Informal.
1.
photographs of nearly nude young men in magazines or the like, posed to display their muscular bodies.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; beef + cake, modeled on cheesecake
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British Dictionary definitions for beefcake

beefcake

/ˈbiːfˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
(slang) men displayed for their muscular bodies, esp in photographs Compare cheesecake (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for beefcake
n.

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 definitions & phrases for beefcake

beefcake

noun

A photograph or photographs of a muscular male body with little or no clothing; a muscular handsome man: The actor has no objections to male cheesecake, or beefcake as it is called in Hollywood

[1940s+; based on cheesecake]


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