Definition of off colour in English:

off colour

adjective

  • 1British Slightly unwell.

    ‘I'm feeling a bit off colour’
    • ‘Any player who was off-colour or who complained of fatigue was immediately stood down from training.’
    • ‘She booked an appointment with her doctor because she was feeling off-colour.’
    • ‘I'm feeling off-colour and grumpy today.’
    • ‘I've been off-colour and not-blogging, apologies; here's a bunch of TV things quickly that bear further investigation.’
    • ‘If she feels a little off-colour then it's because the baby didn't like what we had for dinner.’
    • ‘This morning I have a sore throat and feel decidedly off-colour.’
    • ‘I had been off-colour for several weeks and off food for several days prior to this and did not realise the effects of wine on an empty stomach.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, I'd started to develop what I thought was a bit of a cold by Saturday evening so I was feeling decidedly grumpy and off-colour.’
    • ‘If you are feeling a bit sluggish and off-colour it may be that your digestive system is out of balance.’
    • ‘Since I was very young, whenever I'm off-colour and feverish I have the following recurring vision as I wander confusedly in the no-man's land between consciousness and sleep.’
    • ‘Doctors should be made to think more carefully before handing out certificates willy-nilly just because someone looks a bit off-colour or says they do not feel so good.’
    • ‘He's still off-colour today, but submits to a meeting anyway.’
    unwell, ill, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out
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  • 2Slightly indecent or obscene.

    ‘off-colour jokes’
    smutty, dirty, rude, filthy, crude, suggestive, indecent, indelicate, indecorous, risqué, racy, bawdy, naughty, spicy, blue, vulgar, ribald, broad, salacious, coarse, obscene, pornographic
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Pronunciation:

off colour

/ˌɒfˈkʌlə/