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 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 The show’s ultimate depiction of Rock Hudson as a dumb-as-a-rock, barely sentient beefcake is one of its strangest choices; its decision to portray Vivien Leigh as a shrill maniac with a demented voice is yet another. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 1 May 2020 To counter spring break withdrawal, here are five movies that will bring sun and fun (and beefcake and cheesecake) to your screen in these dark times. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 Because climbing is one of the rare elite sports not to favour a specific body type, the routes must be equally challenging to diminutive featherweights and towering beefcakes. The Economist, 18 Dec. 2019 Katy also contends with the dueling interests of her work at Bergdorf Goodman stand-in Lacy’s, her personal goals as a designer, and her romance with beefcake boxer K.O Kelly (Zane Holtz). Ariana Romero,, 5 Feb. 2020 Kapler’s bizarre blog posts, his fitness obsession and beefcake photos on the internet are one thing. Al Saracevic,, 13 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of beefcake was in 1949

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“Beefcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beefcake

: men who are muscular and attractive
US : a muscular and attractive man

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