- not having the usual or standard color: an off-color gem.
- of doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an off-color joke.
- not in one's usual health: to feel off-color.
Also especially British, off-col·our.Also off-col·ored (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of off-color
First recorded in 1855–60
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2. racy, spicy, salty, earthy, blue.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for off-color
Their job is to fire you up, whether via jaw-dropping sports highlight or off-color pronouncement.ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
Meanwhile, Farage has been slammed for his own off-color remarks about Romanians.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe
Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser
May 21, 2014
The n-word might out of bounds, but an off-color comment, racial in tone?Why Reality Stars Like Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Can’t Be Real
December 20, 2013
Over his long career, Rush Limbaugh has suffered astonishingly little blowback for off-color remarks.Racism Is a Tough Sell: The Real Reason Everyone Dumped Paula Deen
June 28, 2013
But this is what Edwards has been relegated to: a morbid curiosity, a cautionary tale, a punchline to off-color jokes.Edwards’s Life in Exile
June 20, 2011
He tried to tell me an off-color story and forgot the point of it, if indeed it had any point.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
Take away these off-color peaches and bring me something first class.Jupiter Lights
Constance Fenimore Woolson
They were off-color eyes, like amber or a light wine, fringed with long black lashes.Legacy
James H Schmitz
The painted stone may be detected by washing it with alcohol, when the dye will be removed and the off-color will become apparent.
A thing to be forgotten always is the off-color story with which some people persist in polluting the atmosphere.The Book of Courage</p>
John Thomson Faris
Word Origin and History for off-color
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper