Definition of off-color in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈkələr/
(also off color)


1Somewhat indecent or in poor taste: off-color jokes
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  • 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?
smutty, dirty, rude, crude, filthy, suggestive, indecent, indelicate, risqué, racy, bawdy, naughty, blue, vulgar, ribald, broad, salacious, coarse, obscene
informal raunchy
euphemistic adult
2Of the wrong or an inferior color: the new paint doesn’t match, it’s off-color
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  • 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
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  • 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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Syllabification: off-col·or

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