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[kuhp-keyk] /ˈkʌpˌkeɪk/
a small cake, the size of an individual portion, baked in a cup-shaped mold.
Older Slang.
  1. a sexually attractive young woman.
  2. a beloved girl or woman.
Origin of cupcake
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; cup + cake Unabridged
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a small cake baked in a cup-shaped foil or paper case
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Word Origin and History for cupcake

1828, American English, from cup (n.) + cake (n.), probably from the cups they are baked in, but possibly from the small measures of ingredients used to make them. Meaning "attractive young woman" is recorded from 1930s, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cupcake



Weak; soft; wimpish: On cupcake opponents: It doesn't matter who you play. When you cross those black lines you should come out and play hard (1990s+)


  1. An eccentric person; nutball: regarding puppeteers as kind of weird cupcakes who play with dolls/ the publishing cupcake who nailed you on the couch and then fired you (1970s+)
  2. An attractive young woman; chick: Flossie was a saucy blonde cupcake then/ In her don't-think-I'm-justanother-cupcake suit, Geraldine A. Ferraro gave a pep talk (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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