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.
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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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adjective (off-colour when prenominal)
mainly British slightly ill; unwell
indecent or indelicate; risqué
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