colored with lewd smile and gesture (color)

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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

A townie named Skeeter Yates used to tell us city kids that a soft crab was one “caught in the act”, which misinformation he always colored with lewd smile and gesture. Skeeter was our culture hero, one of the best surf casters on the Jersey shore, so we of course believed him.

William Warner, Beautiful Swimmers: Waterman, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

How can I interpret “color” here? I have listed relevant definitions. Which applies here?


1.3 Make vivid or picturesque.

3. with object Influence, especially in a negative way; distort.

3.1Misrepresent by distortion or exaggeration.

Colour | Meaning of Colour by Lexico
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