You can get abbrev suggestions when you manually type text for which there is currently an active defined abbrev. For example, if there is an abbrev ‘foo’ with the expansion ‘find outer otter’, and you manually type ‘find outer otter’, Emacs can notice this and show a hint in the echo area when you have stopped typing.
To enable the abbrev suggestion feature, customize the option
abbrev-suggest to a non-
abbrev-suggest-hint-threshold controls when to
suggest an abbrev to the user. This variable defines the minimum
savings (in terms of the number of characters the user will not have
to type) required for Emacs to suggest using an abbrev. For example,
if the user types ‘foo bar’ (seven characters) and there is an
abbrev ‘fubar’ defined (five characters), the user will not get
any suggestion unless the threshold is set to the number 2 or lower.
With the default value 3, the user would not get any suggestion in
this example, because the savings in using the abbrev are below
the threshold. If you always want to get abbrev suggestions, set this
variable’s value to zero.
abbrev-suggest-show-report displays a buffer with
all the abbrev suggestions shown during the current editing session.
This can be useful if you get several abbrev suggestions and don’t
remember them all.