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Meaning of "off colour" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OFF COLOUR

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OFF COLOUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Off colour is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES OFF COLOUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of off colour in the English dictionary

The definition of off colour in the dictionary is slightly ill; unwell. Other definition of off colour is indecent or indelicate; risqué.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OFF COLOUR

off air
off and on
off base
off beam
off break
off camera
off chance
off day
off duty
off key
off label
off limits
off message
off on one
off one´s game
off one´s guard
off one´s hands
off one´s head
off one´s nana
off one´s nut

WORDS THAT END LIKE OFF COLOUR

bicolour
body colour
colour
discolour
eye colour
flour
four-colour
hair colour
multicolour
off-colour
oil colour
person of colour
primary colour
recolour
secondary colour
skin colour
technicolour
three-colour
tone colour
tricolour
watercolour

Synonyms and antonyms of off colour in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «off colour» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OFF COLOUR

Find out the translation of off colour to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of off colour from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «off colour» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

色差
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fuera de color
570 millions of speakers

English

off colour
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रंग से दूर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

من اللون
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

не по цвету
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fora da cor
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

রঙ বন্ধ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

de mauvais goût
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Off color
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

weg von der Farbe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

カラーオフ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

색상 오프
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mati werna
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

màu ra
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வண்ணம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बंद रंग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

renksiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fuori da colore
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

od koloru
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

не за кольором
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

off culoare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Το χρώμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

af kleur
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

av färg
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

off farge
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of off colour

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OFF COLOUR»

The term «off colour» is regularly used and occupies the 67.290 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OFF COLOUR» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about off colour

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OFF COLOUR»

Discover the use of off colour in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to off colour and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Off colour
"Kay's variety of roles and voices is astonishing. Recommended work from a gifted young poet." Library Journal
Jackie Kay, 1998
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Off Colour Jokes: The Ambivalence of 'race' Based Humor
Finally, I conclude by offering a discussion concerning the social, psychic, philosophical and political possibilities and limitations of comedic texts that play with 'race.'
Tara Atluri, 2008
3
The Origin of the Life of a Human Being: Conception and the ...
This brings me back to the problem oi avivarna- in the description of blood in Su, Su 14,22. avivarna- literally means "not vivama-", and vivarna- means either " whose colour is off/away" (i.e. "off-colour" or "colourless"; cf. vivamata- in Dalhana's ...
Rahul Peter Das, 2003
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Colour Healing Manual: The Complete Colour Therapy Programme
When we become unwell, we are literally 'off colour'. Parts of our aura either vibrate to the wrong colour frequency or are devoid of colour. In the majority of people this imbalance stems from the emotional body which registers our feelings and ...
Pauline Wills, 2013
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Survey English Dialects
kosUan Bk, knosuom Ess colour 1. vt to MARK sheep with colour to indicate ownership III.7.9. kAlar, (+V) Brk 2. n off colour, off of colour, off it ILL, describing a person who is unwell VI. 1 3. 1 (b). off colour o:f kolouj K, o:f kAla Mon Nf, of kola St, ...
Michael V. Barry, 2013
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The Book of Skin
6. Off-Colour. THE COLOUR OF COLOUR Why, it has many times been asked, should a man or woman suffer prejudice and discrimination merely because of the colour of their skin? The question implies an attitude that is worth wondering a ...
Steven Connor, 2004
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Word Power: Phrasal Verbs and Compounds : a Cognitive Approach
... 7 ring off Exetest 6 1 off-shore – 2 off, off – 3 off – 4 off-beat – 5 off-day – 6 offhand – 7 off-colour – 8 off-key – 9 off-peak/off-season – 10 offprints – 11 off- putting – 12 offspring – 13 off-side – 14 stand-off – 15 standoffish – 16 trade-off Exetest ...
Brygida Rudzka-Ostyn, 2003
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Survey of English Dialects: The Dictionary and Grammar
1 3. l(c). off colour of kola Y St, of kola L, of koU L, s:f katat Sx; off it of it Y colstrap n BEESTINGS V.5.10. kolsuap Y colt 1. n And when your male foal is older, you call it a .... III.4.3. Eng exc. Bk. => colt- foal, horse-colt, horse-foal, stallion-foal ...
Clive Upton, David Parry, John David Allison Widdowson, 1994
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Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2
Why is a dirty story said to be “off colour”? In Britain, “off colour” has always indicated that someone might feel under the weather because the colour of their skin has changed from its normal hue to pale. In America the expression “off colour” ...
Doug Lennox, 2008
10
Now You Know More: The Book of Answers
Women began giving scented handkerchiefs to suitors, which the suitors then tucked under their sleeves in a ritual known as wearing his heart on his sleeve. Why is a dirty story said to be “off colour”? In Britain, “off colour” has always indicated ...
Doug Lennox, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OFF COLOUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term off colour is used in the context of the following news items.
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Last Chance Romance funny and interesting
... writer, known for his work on "The Andy Griffith Show" "Bewitched" and "Get Smart" and his plays are funny, if at times a little off colour. «Waterloo Record, Jul 15»
2
Instagram Gets Its First 'Game', Via Rick and Morty
The Rick and Morty show - which is a brilliant cartoon that's not really suitable for children - is known for its off colour jokes and fairly unique ... «NDTV, Jul 15»
3
Videoton 1 The New Saints 1 - report
Off colour Vidi started the second half with renewed purpose, putting the Saints under pressure with captain Harrison tipping away Trebotic's ... «shropshirestar.com, Jul 15»
4
Passengers stranded in Calabar as taxi drivers down tools
... trying to allow free access to the road but there were some areas they were not supposed to park and the use off colour that was not allowed. «The Guardian Nigeria, Jul 15»
5
Digne-les-Bains - Pra-Loup
Van Garderen is not the only ill rider out there - Richie Porte is supposed to be feeling off colour, and yet he's in the break for Sky... Curious to ... «Eurosport.com AU, Jul 15»
6
How Hackers Killed This Company's Billion Dollar IPO
Did you notice anything different about the people around you this week? Anyone at work seemingly a little off colour? And friends a little ... «Money Morning Australia, Jul 15»
7
Chennai Slam beat Bengaluru Beasts 72-67 in the Universal …
... baskets off Sahu while on the other hands, Agu of the Slams, who has played a key role for them , looked off colour in the initial stages. «Sportskeeda, Jul 15»
8
North Down leave Inst with much to ponder
At one for two, Inst had a stranglehold on the match which only strengthened when Alistair Shields was lbw to an otherwise off colour Eugene ... «Belfast Newsletter, Jul 15»
9
Swearing could affect your career
Lingering impressions: You are as good as your word — according to the saying — and if your words are off colour, they will reflect poorly on ... «Toronto Sun, Jul 15»
10
Off Limits back to her best with impressive Listed success
“We liked her a lot in the spring, but I'd say she was just going off colour when I ran her in the 1000 Guineas Trial,” admitted Wachman. “It took ... «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Off colour [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/off-colour>. Oct 2019 ».
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