I have been seeing the abbreviation abwert. quite often, and it seems to be unique to an online dictionary I am using. There is no glossary for the abbreviations I can refer to, and I can't seem to find its meaning by googling it. See below for an example:

Kauz der Kauz SUBST
1. in verschiedenen Arten vorkommender, zu den Eulen gehörender Vogel
2. umg. abwert. seltsamer, sonderbarer Mann Er ist schon ein komischer Kauz.

I would appreciate if someone could enlighten me about what this means. Thank you in advance.


abwert. is an abbreviation for abwertend, thus derogatory.


The quoted reference "umg. abwert. apparently refers to "Umgangssprache abwertend" = in collegial language = Common language downgrading.

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    The important sentence is the last one of the long paragraph. The rest does not answer the question. Sep 2 '18 at 7:16
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    Das Kürzel "umg." bedeutet wohl "umgangssprachlich"; würde es "Umgangsprache" heißen müsste es "Umg." abgekürzt werden und es sollte dann vielleicht auch ein Komma danach stehen. Sep 3 '18 at 4:59

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