off-color

off-color
/awf"kul"euhr, of"-/, adj.
1. not having the usual or standard color: an off-color gem.
2. of doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an off-color joke.
3. not in one's usual health: to feel off-color.
Also, esp. Brit., off-colour. Also, off-colored (for defs. 1, 2).
[1855-60]
Syn. 2. racy, spicy, salty, earthy, blue.

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