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.


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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. Commented Sep 2, 2018 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. Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 4:59

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