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[cheez-keyk] /ˈtʃizˌkeɪk/
Also, cheese cake. a cake having a firm custardlike texture, made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit mixture.
Informal.. Also called leg art. photographs featuring scantily clothed attractive women.
Origin of cheesecake
late Middle English
1400-50; 1930-35, for def 2; late Middle English chese kake; see cheese1, cake Unabridged
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  • Beth took a lively interest both in the cheesecake and the letter.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • When at last he could open his lips, he said, 'Will you have a cheesecake?'

  • We wanted mamma to have one cheesecake and Haddie and I to divide the other between us.

    The Carved Lions Mrs. Molesworth
  • Her costume was no feminine fluff; cheesecake, of which she presumably didn't have much, was not on display, either.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Master Naylor's mouth was full of cheesecake, but he nodded to show his consent.

    Under Padlock and Seal Charles Harold Avery
British Dictionary definitions for cheesecake


a rich tart with a biscuit base, filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cream, sugar, and often sultanas, sometimes having a fruit topping
(slang) women displayed for their sex appeal, as in photographs in magazines, newspapers, or films Compare beefcake
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Word Origin and History for cheesecake

also cheese-cake, mid-15c., from cheese (n.1) + cake (n.). In figurative uses for "soft, effeminate" from 18c. Slang meaning dates from 1934, when a "Time" magazine article defined it as "leg-pictures of sporty females." In its early years this sense of the word often was associated with Marlene Dietrich.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cheesecake



: unless one perceives in cheesecake photographs illicit and limitless pleasures


  1. Photographs and photography of women in clothing and poses that emphasize their sexuality: a magazine full of cheesecake (1930s+)
  2. A woman's legs, breasts, hips, etc: standing on the corner scoping out the cheesecake (1940s+)

[apparently fr the appreciative comments of one or another New York City newspaper photographer at the ocean-liner docks who posed women so that their legs were featured, and pronounced the pictures to be ''better than cheesecake'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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