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Origin of beefcake

1945–50; beef + cake, modeled on cheesecake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. slang men displayed for their muscular bodies, esp in photographsCompare cheesecake (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for beefcake

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper