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 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, "Hollywood Keeps Trying to Rewrite Its History," 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, "Spriiiing Breeeak, at Home," 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, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 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,, "Katy Keene Review: The World Is Stressful. This Is Your Sunny Little Oasis," 5 Feb. 2020 Kapler’s bizarre blog posts, his fitness obsession and beefcake photos on the internet are one thing. Al Saracevic,, "Giants face PR mess: If Gabe Kapler is innocent, is Farhan Zaidi guilty?," 13 Nov. 2019 Attention Hollywood: There’s a new beefcake in town. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kumail Nanjiani's Trainer on the Actor's Transformation: "He Drank the Kool-Aid and Was All In"," 17 Dec. 2019 Mann embraces his unofficial moniker as the beefcake artist. Nick Romano,, "Hot daddy Batty: Batman #79 artist talks Bruce Wayne's beefcake beach bod," 17 Sep. 2019 In that 1990 horror-comedy, a small Southwestern town called Perfection suffers from an infestation of people-eating sandworms (called Graboids) that local not-so-brainy beefcake Val McKee (Bacon) eventually beats back. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kevin Bacon shares the Tremors TV pilot—Val is washed, Graboids are hungry," 9 June 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 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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