noun, often attributive
beef·​cake | \ˈbēf-ˌkāk \

Definition of beefcake 

: a usually photographic display of muscular male physiques also : a man of the type featured in such a display or such men in general — compare cheesecake

Examples of beefcake in a Sentence

He's not a great actor but he gets roles anyway because of all the moviegoers interested in beefcake. He's one of Hollywood's most celebrated beefcakes.

Recent Examples on the Web

The World Cup is one of the planet’s most reliable beefcake caucuses, and all of us who don’t really love the on-field sport of it should still appreciate that pretty much every team has one dude on the field at all times who is at least a 9 1/2. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 reasons even soccer haters can appreciate the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Willson’s efforts, which included quelling gay rumors about Hudson by having the beefcake star marry the agent’s secretary, Phyllis Gates, are recounted in painstaking detail. Gary M. Kramer,, "'Giant': A giant book about a giant film," 4 May 2018 So in the Season 9 closer, Pam saw him (beefcake alert!) taking a shower, and the entire season was revealed to be a dream. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Dallas' turns 40: Counting 40 ways to celebrate, from 'Who Shot J.R.?' to the dream season," 29 Mar. 2018 Vahishta Vafadari’s Roxane feels far too contemporary and savvy a woman to be taken in by the trickery Cyrano and lovestruck Christian (Zach Livinston) play upon her, where the poetic former provides the words for the beefcake latter. Kerry Reid,, "'Cyrano' gets a witty update at BoHo without losing the fun swordplay," 12 Mar. 2018 And HuffPost reports that the calendars featured beefcake photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The GOP's thoroughly silly 'secret society' FBI conspiracy theory," 25 Jan. 2018 Finland cultivated many photo scrapbooks (his archives) and re-created them as pencil drawings — gay fantasies that became part of the beefcake genre put forth by other photographers, including his friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Hypersexual and Controversial Art of a Gay Icon," 22 Feb. 2018 Calling on all 40 year old single moms in #delco Meet me at Craigs Tavern tonight for your Valentine's day #beefcake dinner. Stephanie Farr,, "Welcome to Delco, South Philly. Here's what you need to know," 20 Feb. 2018 Let the audience have some guilt-free nerd beefcake, man! Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "2 Generations of Fans Debate 'The Last Jedi'," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of beefcake

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beefcake

beef entry 1 + (cheese)cake

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English Language Learners Definition of beefcake

: men who are muscular and attractive

: a muscular and attractive man

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