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

Affleck could also be a formidable adversary for Brown in the beefcake department—an actual campaign beauty contest.
Ben Affleck for Senate? Actor Could Be Formidable Massachusetts Candidate Lloyd Grove December 20, 2012

(slang) men displayed for their muscular bodies, esp in photographs Compare cheesecake (sense 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.


A photograph or photographs of a muscular male body with little or no clothing; a muscular handsome man: The actor has no objections to male cheesecake, or beefcake as it is called in Hollywood

[1940s+; based on cheesecake]


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