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[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.

see off-color.

1858, from off (adv.) + color (n.); originally used of gems; figurative extension to “of questionable taste, risqué” is American English, 1867.


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