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[kuhp-keyk] /ˈkʌpˌkeɪk/
a small cake, the size of an individual portion, baked in a cup-shaped mold.
Older Slang.
  1. a sexually attractive young woman.
  2. a beloved girl or woman.
Origin of cupcake
1820-30, Americanism; cup + cake Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cupcake
  • Or else someone needs to explain this fact to the cupcake-stealing bandits.
  • The good old days of funding school trips with cupcake revenues have apparently come to an end.
  • The fig and almond cake and cupcake recipe also calls for a fig jam.
  • It's why the cupcake shop gets a sudden rush of orders or the client of the celebrity stylist turns up two hours late.
  • It was almost as if you'd given a prisoner in a locked cell a cupcake and then found he'd suddenly acquired a bazooka.
  • Let's say you want a big cupcake, with lots of icing, so you go buy one and eat it.
  • It takes grit to transform oneself from a hairy, alcoholic, cupcake-pajama-wearing hermit into eco-Barbie.
  • The events will conclude with a parade and cupcake ceremony celebrating all of our animal friends.
  • Try a cupcake with cream cheese filling or frosting.
  • We have also set up a new system for volunteers to sign up for cupcake donations or as party attendees.
British Dictionary definitions for cupcake


a small cake baked in a cup-shaped foil or paper case
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cupcake

1828, American English, from cup (n.) + cake (n.), probably from the cups they are baked in, but possibly from the small measures of ingredients used to make them. Meaning "attractive young woman" is recorded from 1930s, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cupcake



Weak; soft; wimpish: On cupcake opponents: It doesn't matter who you play. When you cross those black lines you should come out and play hard (1990s+)

  1. An eccentric person; nutball: regarding puppeteers as kind of weird cupcakes who play with dolls/ the publishing cupcake who nailed you on the couch and then fired you (1970s+)
  2. An attractive young woman; chick: Flossie was a saucy blonde cupcake then/ In her don't-think-I'm-justanother-cupcake suit, Geraldine A. Ferraro gave a pep talk (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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