cheese-cake

cheesecake

[cheez-keyk]
noun
1.
Also, cheese cake. a cake having a firm custardlike texture, made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit mixture.
2.
Informal.. Also called leg art. photographs featuring scantily clothed attractive women.

Origin:
1400–50; 1930–35, for def 2; late Middle English chese kake; see cheese1, cake

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cheese-cake
Collins
World English Dictionary
cheesecake (ˈtʃiːzˌkeɪk)
 
n
1.  a rich tart with a biscuit base, filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cream, sugar, and often sultanas, sometimes having a fruit topping
2.  slang Compare beefcake women displayed for their sex appeal, as in photographs in magazines, newspapers, or films

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

cheesecake
c.1440, from cheese + cake. In fig. uses for "soft, effeminate" from 18c. Slang meaning dates from 1934, when a "Time" magazine article defined it as "leg-pictures of sporty females." In its early years the word often was associated with Marlene Dietrich.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature