off-color

adjective off-col·or \ ˈȯf-ˈkə-lər \
variants: or off-colored play \ˈȯf-ˈkə-lərd\

Definition of off-color

1 a : not having the right or standard color
b : being out of sorts
2 a : of doubtful propriety : dubious
b : verging on the indecent
  • off-color remarks

First Known Use of off-color

1854

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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OFF-COLOR Defined for English Language Learners

off-color

Definition of off-color for English Language Learners

  • : feeling somewhat ill : not quite well

  • : not socially acceptable : indecent or improper


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