beef·​cake ˈbēf-ˌkāk How to pronounce beefcake (audio)
often attributive
: 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 Returning from previous installments are aged beefcakes Dolph Lundgren (now with a moptop) and Randy Couture. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 In his wayward coming-of-age tale, Pippin goes to war alongside his father and stepbrother Lewis (James Oblak, doing the beefcake bit). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2023 Contented as a character actor and always game to subvert his beefcake stature, Marino excels at playing mostly likable putzes who teeter precariously between sympathetic earnestness and manic self-absorption. Kenny Herzog, Vulture, 2 June 2023 The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept runs on an 800-volt electrical architecture called Banshee, and while performance details are still incredibly light, the automaker promises that its first beefcake EV will surpass the Hellcat's performance. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 6 Feb. 2023 One of the docuseries’ most entertaining sections concerns the heated rivalry between ‘80s beefcakes Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2023 McDonald and screenwriters Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy straddle a fine line, nailing the female gaze with glossy shots of the sweaty, shirtless hunk — a prerequisite for a swoon-worthy romance on the streamer, and subscribers will be thanking DP Ben Nott for the beefcake showcase. Courtney Howard, Variety, 18 May 2022 Yes, the beefcake quotient is off the charts; there are Olympic and national-team athletes among the bodybuilders, MMA fighters and YouTubers, and copious shirtlessness. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 While all the beefcake is cooling itself off by eating baked ziti from catering tins, Jennifer is going around telling everyone how Dolores is avoiding her. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beefcake was in 1949

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“Beefcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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