[ awf-kuhl-er, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈkʌl ər, ˈɒf- /


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

SYNONYMS FOR off-color Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for off-colour

  • I don't want any of your off-colour stuff from the Drones' smoking-room.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
  • According to digger parlance it was “off-colour,” and, therefore, not excessively valuable.

    Six Months at the Cape|R.M. Ballantyne