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off-color

[awf-kuhl-er, of-] /ˈɔfˈkʌl ər, ˈɒf-/
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
1855-1860
1855-60
Synonyms
2. racy, spicy, salty, earthy, blue.
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Word Origin and History for off color
off-color
1860, from off + color; originally used of gems; figurative extension to "of questionable taste, risqué" is Amer.Eng., 1860s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for off color

off color

adjective phrase

Somewhat salacious; risque´; blue: a couple of off-color jokes/ Some of his observations were a bit off color (1875+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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