noun, often attributive
beef·​cake | \ ˈbēf-ˌkāk How to pronounce beefcake (audio) \

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

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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 Somehow, there are detractors – including Pataky, who tolerated beefcake Thor. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Soon after, Peter happens upon that glen and discovers a stash of Henry’s beefcake mags, which Phil kept. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2022 The video, which also stars British electro pop-punk singer Luciana, features a lot of cheesecake, beefcake and even some breakdancing. Leslie Richin, Billboard, 31 Dec. 2021 Employed by both Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat as a picker at New York’s flea markets and vintage stores, Loughlin repeatedly painted the same strong-jawed, cigarette-smoking beefcake visage on mugs, tables, chairs and other surfaces. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 To add subscribers, Cory convinced popular beefcake photographers, such as George Quaintance, to promote the service, according to Johnson. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 Instead, Affleck was the flash-in-the-pan talent who revealed himself to be just another Hollywood beefcake, making stinky action movies like Pearl Harbor and Paycheck. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 4 Mar. 2021 But the actor has more than a beefcake physique to his credit. Mary Colurso |, al, 18 Nov. 2020 However, the All-Pro known for riffing on pro wrestling and wearing beefcake T-shirts of shirtless quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has offered pointed comments following the past two ugly upset losses to the Eagles and Dolphins. Eric Branch,, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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13 Jul 2022

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“Beefcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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