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off-color

or (especially British) off-colour or off-colored (for defs 1, 2)

[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.
Origin of off-color
1855-1860
1855-60
Synonyms
2. racy, spicy, salty, earthy, blue.
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  • According to digger parlance it was “off-colour,” and, therefore, not excessively valuable.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • I don't want any of your off-colour stuff from the Drones' smoking-room.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
Word Origin and History for off-colour
adj.

see off-color.

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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