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off-color

[awf-kuhl-er, of-]
adjective
1.
not having the usual or standard color: an off-color gem.
2.
of doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an off-color joke.
3.
not in one's usual health: to feel off-color.
Also, especially British, off-colour.
Also, off-colored (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1855–60


2. racy, spicy, salty, earthy, blue.
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off-color
1860, from off + color; originally used of gems; figurative extension to "of questionable taste, risqué" is Amer.Eng., 1860s.
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