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I'm German and residing in France. When I was asked the following question the only word which came into my mind was Gesäß.

Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation?

Are there others which contain more than two umlauts and ß? Not "zusammengesetzte Substantive" please and only word from the Duden.

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rückwärts, äußerst each have two. Möbelträgerfüße has all four but is a compound noun. How about an entire sentence? Völlerei lässt grüßen:) –  Eugene Seidel Mar 1 '13 at 21:37
One of Michael Ende's books has the title: "Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch" The adjective in question does not abide the rules of compounding words, so one might say it's not compound. But unfortunately, it's also not in the Duden. –  Toscho Mar 2 '13 at 13:03
I would suggest not looking for the word with the most äöüß, but with the largest ratio of them (and strictly longer than two letters). –  Earthliŋ Mar 3 '14 at 21:35
@Earthliŋ: "süß" has a 2/3 ratio and 3 letters, which is more than 2. I don't think you can beat that. –  celtschk Aug 16 '14 at 11:48

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Mit grep finde ich in einem Wörterbuch:

egrep ".*[äöüßÄÖÜ].*[äöüß].*[äöüß].*[äöüß]" ~/lib/dicts/utf-german 


also 3 Vierlinge, aber leider alle mit einer Wiederholung. Längere sind nicht verzeichnet, aber da man im Deutschen beliebig lange Substantive kombinieren kann wäre "Fußgängerübergangsmörtel" ein Wort, in dem jeder Umlaut und das Eszet einmal vorkommt.

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+1 for the use of egrep ;) –  Sentry Mar 3 '13 at 20:03
Durch das schwammige "keine zusammengesetzten Substantive" Kriterium (fallen auch zusammengesetzte Adjektiv darunter?) fallen die möglicherweise raus. –  dirkt Aug 16 '14 at 6:45
@dirkt: Oh, dieses Kriterium muss ich übersehen haben. Ohne Zusammensetzungen wird es natürlich schwierig. –  user unknown Aug 17 '14 at 22:30

I found some word with three characters

Some more without a check in the Duden:

  • Einflußgröße
  • Gefäßschädigung
  • Meßgröße
  • Rückäußerung
  • Rückstöße
  • blütenübersät
  • flächenmäßig
  • gefühlsmäßig
  • geschäftsmäßig
  • größtmöglich
  • rüstungsmäßig
  • übergroßzügig
  • überläßt
  • übermäßig

Some with four characters, but with some problems:

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All of your examples are compound words, although the OP only excluded compound nouns. –  Toscho Mar 2 '13 at 13:01
I think, the words with "-mäßig" (like "gefühlsmäßig") aren't compounds. "-mäßig" is in this case a suffix (like "-los" or "-bar" in "gefühlslos" and "fühlbar"). ("mäßig" as single word has another meaning!) So: these words with "-mäßig" are correct answers! –  user9221 Aug 15 '14 at 20:37

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