cupcake

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cup +‎ cake.

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cupcake (plural cupcakes)

  1. A small cake baked in a paper container shaped like a cup, often with icing on top.
  2. (slang) An attractive young woman.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 604:
      Whatever else this cupcake might be up to, she was no piker.
  3. (slang) A weak or effeminate man.
  4. (dated) Used as a term of endearment
    • 2010, Kimberly Cates, The Perfect Match
      “Listen, cupcake,” Cash tried to soothe. “Sometimes when grownups get mad, they say things they don't mean. I'm sure your mother—”

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