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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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British Dictionary definitions for off colour

off colour

adjective (off-colour when prenominal)
1.
(mainly Brit) slightly ill; unwell
2.
indecent or indelicate; risqué
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Word Origin and History for off colour

off-color

adj.

1858, from off (adv.) + color (n.); originally used of gems; figurative extension to "of questionable taste, risqué" is American English, 1867.

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