Definition of Off-colour

1. Adjective. In violation of good taste even verging on the indecent. "An off-color joke"

Exact synonyms: Indelicate, Off-color
Similar to: Tasteless



Definition of Off-colour

1. Adjective. (alternative spelling of off-color) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Off-colour

off(p)
off-
off-Broadway
off-and-on(a)
off-axis reflector
off-base
off-bear
off-book
off-brand
off-campus
off-center
off-centered
off-centre
off-chance
off-color
off-colour (current term)
off-come
off-corn
off-day
off-duty
off-duty(a)
off-field
off-flow
off-gas
off-gases
off-guard
off-guard(a)
off-hand
off-handed
off-hour

Literary usage of Off-colour

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1. Cigarette Papers for After-dinner Smoking by Joseph Hatton (1892)
"A word with the Cornhill—The Koh-i-noor and the " Porter Rhodes "—off-colour—The Beginning of Diamond Mining at the Cape—" O'Reilly's Folly ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Off colour (society), out of health, out of form, not oneself, unable to do things as well as usual. Alluding to a pale face, or a phrase borrowed from the ..."

3. Facing the Music: An Original Farcial Comedy in Three Acts by James Henry Darnley (1905)
"You are certainly looking a little off colour. SMITH. Off colour? I'm all over colour, every colour, of the rainbow from top to toe. (Bus. ..."

4. The Yellow Book (1897)
""Women always think you're ill if you feel a bit off colour," he added, as though to explain his abruptness. "The other Anna," she observed, "always has a ..."

5. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1885)
"Only when a gentleman meets a lady, a bit—a bit off colour like," he insinuated this with great delicacy, " when he's a bit off colour himself—why, ..."

6. The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial ScienceChemistry (1904)
"There was now a decided difference in colour between them ; diamond A was of its original pale yellow " off colour," and diamond B was of a darker ..."

7. Among Men and Horses by Matthew Horace Hayes (1894)
"Off colour' stones are those which are slightly though manifestly tinged with ... Diamonds which are decidedly off colour find a market chiefly among the ..."

8. Journal of the British Dental Association by British Dental Association (1890)
"There are some who quote the irregular practices of off-colour physicians ... We are not ambitious to rank with off-colour physicians, or to make by reason ..."

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