cheesecake


cheesecake
cheesecake (n.) mid-15c., from CHEESE (Cf. cheese) (n.1) + CAKE (Cf. 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.

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