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[awf-hwahyt, -wahyt, of-] /ˈɔfˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt, ˈɒf-/
white mixed with a small amount of gray, yellow, or other light color.
an off-white color.
Origin of off-white
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for off-white
  • The photograph should be taken within the past six months on a white or off-white background.
  • The quirky singer accompanied her pink dress with an off-white wide-brimmed hat with matching accents.
  • Find a wall painted a neutral color, such as white or off-white.
  • The photographs show the full face of the applicant with a plain white or off-white background.
  • It must be a color photo with a white or off-white background, printed on photo-quality paper.
  • Contemporary furniture decorates the rooms and warm-colored walls blend in with off-white tones for a muted, comfortable feel.
  • The dimly lit interior features off-white walls, flowers and candles.
  • They are gray-brown to olive-green on top with off-white undersides, and they have heavily serrated, triangular teeth.
  • Ketamine is generally sold as either a colorless, odorless liquid or as an off-white powder.
  • Ketamine is generally sold as either an odorless, colorless liquid or as an off-white powder.
British Dictionary definitions for off-white


a colour, such as cream or bone, consisting of white mixed with a tinge of grey or with a pale hue
of such a colour: an off-white coat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for off-white

"white with a tinge of gray or yellow," 1927, from off (adv.) + white (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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