- 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
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