Definition of off-color in English:

off-color

Syllabification: off-col·or
Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈkələr
 
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(also off color)

adjective

1Somewhat indecent or in poor taste: off-color jokes
More example sentences
  • Sometimes when he left an after-work bar outing to hurry home, his colleagues would privately breathe a sigh of relief; with him gone, they could drink up and tell off-color jokes.
  • He tends to tell off-color jokes, use a lot of sexual innuendo and pepper his conversations with inappropriate words.
  • Did the same off-color jokes circulate in the grade schools of Minneapolis and Johnson City?
Synonyms
2Of the wrong or an inferior color: the new paint doesn’t match, it’s off-color
More example sentences
  • Avoid trees with brown or off-color needles and trees exhibiting a large amount of needle drop.
  • Photos may show such indicators of problems as early leaf drop, standing water, thin or off-color turf and incorrect pruning procedures.
  • It was yet another lesson in the effectiveness of live bait and an eye-opening class in how to catch fish in off-color (OK, muddy) water.
2.1(Of a diamond) neither white nor any definite color.
3chiefly British Slightly unwell: I’m feeling a bit off-color
More example sentences
  • I had been off-colour for several weeks and off food for several days prior to this and did not realise the effects of wine on an empty stomach.
  • Since I was very young, whenever I'm off-colour and feverish I have the following recurring vision as I wander confusedly in the no-man's land between consciousness and sleep.
  • This morning I have a sore throat and feel decidedly off-colour.

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