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Meaning of "off-colour" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OFF-COLOUR

off-colour  [ˌɒfˈkʌlə] play
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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?

Off-color humor

The term off-color humor is an Americanism used to describe jokes, prose, poems, black comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, cringe comedy and skits that deal with topics that may be considered to be in poor taste or overly vulgar. Most commonly labeled as "off-color" are acts concerned with sex, a particular ethnic group, or gender. Other off-color topics include violence, particularly domestic abuse; excessive swearing or profanity; "toilet humor"; national superiority or inferiority, pedophilic content, and any other topics generally considered impolite or indecent. Generally, the point of off-color humor is to induce laughter by evoking a feeling of shock and surprise in the comedian's audience. In this way, off-color humor is related to other forms of postmodern humor, such as the anti-joke.

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 RHYME WITH OFF-COLOUR


bicolor
ˈbaɪˌkʌlə
color
ˈkʌlə
colour
ˈkʌlə
culler
ˈkʌlə
decolor
diːˈkʌlə
decolour
diːˈkʌlə
discolor
dɪsˈkʌlə
discolour
dɪsˈkʌlə
encolour
ɪnˈkʌlə
miscolour
ˌmɪsˈkʌlə
multicolor
ˈmʌltɪˌkʌlə
noncolor
nɒnˈkʌlə
off-color
ˌɒfˈkʌlə
overcolor
ˌəʊvəˈkʌlə
overcolour
ˌəʊvəˈkʌlə
recolor
riːˈkʌlə
recolour
riːˈkʌlə
Technicolor
ˈtɛknɪˌkʌlə
versicolor
ˈvɜːsɪˌkʌlə
watercolour
ˈwɔːtəˌkʌlə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OFF-COLOUR

off-air
off-balance sheet reserve
off-beam
off-Broadway
off-camera
off-campus
off-centre
off-chance
off-color
off-duty
off-glide
off-grid
off-guard
off-key
off-licence
off-limits
off-load
off-message
off-off-Broadway
off-peak

WORDS THAT END LIKE OFF-COLOUR

a horse of another colour
bicolour
body colour
dolour
eye colour
false colour
flour
four-colour
ground colour
hair colour
local colour
off colour
oil colour
person of colour
primary colour
secondary colour
skin colour
technicolour
three-colour
tone colour
tricolour

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

折色
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

बंद रंग
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بعيدا عن اللون
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

необычного цвета
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

off -color
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ফেকাসে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

hors-couleur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Warna luar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schlüpfrig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

際どい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

오프 컬러
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mati-werna
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

off- màu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆஃப் வண்ண
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ऑफ-रंग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

renksiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

indisposto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

off - kolor
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

незвичайного кольору
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

off - culoare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

off- χρώμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

off- kleur
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

off- 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 67.291 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

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «off-colour» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «off-colour» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

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.
1
Off colour
"Kay's variety of roles and voices is astonishing. Recommended work from a gifted young poet." Library Journal
Jackie Kay, 1998
2
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
4
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
5
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
6
Soul Feathers
Carol Ann Duffy. Off Colour Off Colour Off Colour Off Colour – Adele Ward Adele Ward Adele Ward Adele Ward What should I do with this pain? I can't sell it or give it away. Should I hate this pain for catching me in its arm lock and forcing me to ...
Carol Ann Duffy, 2011
7
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
8
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
9
Now You Know Absolutely Everything: Absolutely every Now You ...
Why is a dirty story said to be “off colour”? In Britain,“off colour”has always indicatedthat someone might feel under the weather because the colourof theirskin has changed fromits normal hue topale. InAmerica the expression “off colour”hasa ...
Doug Lennox, 2013
10
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

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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MARKET REPORT: Sickly Dr Copper drags down mining stocks as …
A sickly Dr Copper dragged down mining stocks on Friday, with shares in Chilean producer Antofagasta feeling particularly off-colour. The price ... «This is Money, Jul 15»
2
No discipline for AIR1 sex talk
Tweets report off-colour conversation from chopper over Winnipeg http://www.snsanalytics.com/mMpby7 · a month ago · ReplyRetweetFavorite. «Winnipeg Sun, Jul 15»
3
Short story: Jessie's Got Talent by Katherine McMahon
Jessie was brilliant in her heat even though she was a little off-colour. She'd insisted on going to the pier and the waltzers don't agree with her. «Express.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Five hours to catch a killer
“Some of the really off-colour remarks about kids or women, sometimes you have to maintain self-control and just not turn your nose up at him,” ... «Courier Mail, Jul 15»
5
PSB will be the team to beat
Didar Singh and Sunil Yadav, whose skills in penalty corners the team banked on, have been off-colour to say the least. IOC will have to raise ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
6
Comeback Win For U Mumba Over Bengal Warriors
In the first half and in the first part of the second half, the Mumbai skipper looked a tad off-colour and the momentum was with the Bengal ... «Sports Rediscovered, Jul 15»
7
Matty Bowen at the double in Wigan romp against lame Hull
... the win against their cross-city rivals which confirmed their place in the Super 8s, Hull produced one of their most off-colour performances of ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
8
Proteas 'old boys' sorely missed
Highlights were isolated explosions of entertainment requiring an off-colour contribution from the opposition to ignite the dormant talent that ... «Mail & Guardian Online, Jul 15»
9
Blue-chips fail to make the cut, BSE Sensex slides 134 points
June quarter numbers from other companies too remained off-colour, which clouded the sentiment. On top of it, rupee's fall against the dollar ... «Financial Express, Jul 15»
10
VICTORIA WHITE: It's difficult to conceive, but we are creating new …
It's considered off-colour to mention any misgivings about gamete donation, in case it's seen as a slur on donor-conceived children or a lack of ... «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Off-Colour [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/off-colour-1>. Sep 2021 ».
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