I was looking at the definition of the word Ehegatte in the Oxford German dictionary, and it says

(geh.) husband

I looked for the definition of geh. for a while and it seems to be "geheftet/gehoben". However there isn't any further explanation in addition to that.

Does geh. mean the word is used more in a formal, "elevated" setting instead of everyday talk?

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    You could trust the list of abbreviations and corresponding explanations provided by the dictionary. Mine provides that prominently on the last page.
    – guidot
    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:07
  • @guidot Sure but I don't find that list easily accessible on the version of Duden and Oxford Dictionary provided by Apple. Can you access those pages on your iPhone/Mac?
    – xji
    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:11

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It actually means "gehoben" as you have assumed, so practically posh.

Caution: In everyday life, using this kind of vocabulary might make you leave the appearance of a snob.

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    Using Ehegatte in particular doesn't make you sound like a snob but like a public offical. The posh term is mein Gatte or meine Gattin instead of mein Mann or meine Frau. The only time I know of when it is appropriate to use Gatte/Gattin is mocking about being posh.
    – Janka
    Jun 7, 2017 at 3:36

Geh in Bavarian (Bayerisch) dialect means 'Nicht wahr?' in Hochdeutsch, which means 'Am I right?' or 'Isn't it [so]?' or just 'Right?' in English. It follows nearly every declarative sentence with a questioning tone.

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    a geh, Schmarrn
    – tofro
    Jul 21, 2021 at 18:11

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