- 1. vulgar or offensiveThe colour is not necessarily blue2:I don't want any of your off-colour stuff from the Drones' smoking-room. (Wodehouse, 1934)2. illIt may describe a temporary affliction, which may make the victim paler than usual. Also used of menstruation.
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off-colour — adj BrE off color AmE 1.) sexually offensive ▪ off color jokes 2.) [not before noun] BrE slightly ill ▪ She s been feeling a bit off colour lately … Dictionary of contemporary English
off colour — If someone looks off colour/color, they look ill … The small dictionary of idiomes
off-colour — (adj.) see OFF COLOR (Cf. off color) … Etymology dictionary
off-colour — ► ADJECTIVE 1) Brit. slightly unwell. 2) slightly indecent or obscene … English terms dictionary
off-colour — (in AM, use off color) 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If you say that you are feeling off colour, you mean that you are slightly ill. [BRIT] For three weeks Maurice felt off colour but did not have any dramatic symptoms. Syn: out of sorts 2) ADJ… … English dictionary
off-colour — /ˈɒf kʌlə / (say of kuluh) (especially in predicative use) /ɒf ˈkʌlə / (say of kuluh) adjective 1. defective in colour, as a gem. 2. Also, off. Colloquial unwell: *we were told that the Songman was feeling off colour, due to having eaten too much … Australian English dictionary
off colour — If someone looks off colour/color, they look ill. (Dorking School Dictionary) *** If you are off colour, you look or feel ill. What s the matter with you Tom? You look a bit off colour today … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
Off colour — If someone said you were off colour they would mean that you look paleand ill! Not quite the same as something being off colour in the US! … The American's guide to speaking British
off-colour — British & Australian, American & Australian off colour jokes or remarks are about sex in a way that some people find offensive. Some of his jokes were a little off colour and I don t think my grandparents particularly appreciated them … New idioms dictionary
off-colour — BrE off color AmE adjective 1 sexually offensive: Lou followed that up with some fairly off color jokes. 2 (not before noun) especially BrE slightly ill: She s been feeling a bit off colour lately … Longman dictionary of contemporary English