off-color

adjective
off-col·​or | \ ˈȯf-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce off-color (audio) \
variants: or off-colored \ ˈȯf-​ˈkə-​lərd How to pronounce off-colored (audio) \

Definition of off-color

1a : not having the right or standard color
b : being out of sorts
2a : 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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The first known use of off-color was in 1854

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“Off-color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-color. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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off-color

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English Language Learners Definition of off-color

: feeling somewhat ill : not quite well
chiefly US : not socially acceptable : indecent or improper

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