noun Informal.

  1. photographs of nearly nude young men in magazines or the like, posed to display their muscular bodies.


  1. slang men displayed for their muscular bodies, esp in photographsCompare cheesecake (def. 2)

by 1952, “display of male pulchritude” in movies or magazines; said to have been modeled on cheesecake, but there seems to have been an actual foodstuff called beefcake around this time. The word seems to be little used in that literal sense since the other sense emerged.

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