[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cupcake


/ (ˈkʌpˌkeɪk) /


a small cake baked in a cup-shaped foil or paper case
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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