Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Images, especially photographs, of minimally attired men with muscular physiques.
  • n. Informal Attractive men with muscular physiques, such as those in these images.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see beef,‎ cake.
  • n. Imagery of one or more muscular, well-built men.
  • n. Such a male, especially as seen as physically desirable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire

Etymologies

beef + (cheese)cake.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From beef + cake, by analogy with cheesecake ("an image of a sexy young woman"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And John Irving replied with what can only be described as a beefcake photo!

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  • But this, of course, is just icing on the glatt kosher beefcake, which is that "Ben" is

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  • The audacity of some people. chris Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 07: 56 PM EST the cute gay guy and the beefcake are the only reasons that i'm watching this season. the closeted mormon just might be the reason i stop watching before the season ends

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Rumor has it that the beefcake is her new boy toy.

    Splash News Online

  • If they were to bless us with a little "beefcake" at one of our "Fill-in-the-blank Unlimited" dinners, I might (for once) not fall asleep in my beer half way through the auction!!!

    Booth Babes

  • TMZ. com is letting people vote on whether they would choose "beefcake" Hugh Jackman or "a bona fide hero" Capt.

    US Airways Pilot Finds Sudden Fame After Safe Landing

  • And wouldn't it be funny if cake #1 WAS a 'beefcake'?

    Inappropriate, Much?

  • They don rhinestone W brooches and buy mouse pads, posters and T-shirts showing the president as a kind of beefcake Uncle Sam, with flowing white hair and bulging muscles threatening to rend his red, white and blue garments.

    THE NEWS BLOG

  • Ladies, it's your chance to enjoy some "beefcake" and support the WSCFF Burn Foundation at the Firefighter Calendar Judging show taking place at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave.,

    The News Tribune - Tacoma - - HOMEPAGE

  • Even if White House photographers are no problem for the Obamas, there are still the paparazzi to worry about, as illustrated by the "beefcake" photos of a shirtless president-elect taken during the Obama family vacation in Hawaii.

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  • And then there's this:
    Skippy excited today is Jersey shore day & yes, Skippy talk about himself in the 3rd person, Skippy strrrooongggg BEEFCAKE!
    If I wuz a stripper, my name would be Sir Loin becuz imma damn beefcake son....
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  • I'm a bit disturbed by the GWAR picture.

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  • I wouldn't have expected to find quite so many puddy-tats on the visuals for this page.

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