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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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Examples from the web for off-color
  • It includes some strong language and mildly off-color jokes.
  • It includes some off-color language and one mildly risque musical routine.
  • It has a couple of off-color remarks and stark images of illness.
  • One of your coworkers told another off-color joke before staff meeting.
  • Severely affected trees appear distinctly off-color from a distance.
  • Pepper plants with mosaic have mottled leaves and small, bumpy, off-color fruit.
  • But none could match his mastery of the earthy story and off-color quip.
  • Severely affected trees appeared distinctly off-color from a distance.
Word Origin and History for off-color
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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