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From houkuttaa +‎ -ella. However, the meaning has slightly changed from the original frequentative verb sense "to do something (in an continuous or indifferent manner)".


  • IPA(key): /ˈhou̯kutelːɑˣ/, [ˈho̞u̯kuˌt̪e̞lːɑ̝(ʔ)]
  • Rhymes: -elːɑ
  • Syllabification(key): hou‧ku‧tel‧la



  1. (transitive) to tempt, entice, lure, allure
  2. (transitive) to coax, persuade, talk into
  3. (transitive) to cheat, con, trick

Usage notes[edit]

  • (to tempt/entice/(al)lure): The verbs houkutella, viekoitella and vietellä are quite close in meaning, and they can often be used as synonyms. However, there are subtle differences. houkutella is the most universal and neutral of them. viekoitella has a slightly shrewd air about it: one is intentionally enticed to do something that s/he would not have done, if s/he had understood all the consequences. vietellä is the most sinful or strong of the three: it often refers to sexual seduction, or alluring a person to do something criminal or otherwise unacceptable.
  • If someone is coaxed or persuaded into an action, the action verb should be in the illative of the third infinitive.


Inflection of houkutella (Kotus type 67*C/tulla, tt-t gradation)
indicative mood
present tense perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. houkuttelen en houkuttele 1st sing. olen houkutellut en ole houkutellut
2nd sing. houkuttelet et houkuttele 2nd sing. olet houkutellut et ole houkutellut
3rd sing. houkuttelee ei houkuttele 3rd sing. on houkutellut ei ole houkutellut
1st plur. houkuttelemme emme houkuttele 1st plur. olemme houkutelleet emme ole houkutelleet
2nd plur. houkuttelette ette houkuttele 2nd plur. olette houkutelleet ette ole houkutelleet
3rd plur. houkuttelevat eivät houkuttele 3rd plur. ovat houkutelleet eivät ole houkutelleet
passive houkutellaan ei houkutella passive on houkuteltu ei ole houkuteltu
past tense pluperfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. houkuttelin en houkutellut 1st sing. olin houkutellut en ollut houkutellut
2nd sing. houkuttelit et houkutellut 2nd sing. olit houkutellut et ollut houkutellut
3rd sing. houkutteli ei houkutellut 3rd sing. oli houkutellut ei ollut houkutellut
1st plur. houkuttelimme emme houkutelleet 1st plur. olimme houkutelleet emme olleet houkutelleet
2nd plur. houkuttelitte ette houkutelleet 2nd plur. olitte houkutelleet ette olleet houkutelleet
3rd plur. houkuttelivat eivät houkutelleet 3rd plur. olivat houkutelleet eivät olleet houkutelleet
passive houkuteltiin ei houkuteltu passive oli houkuteltu ei ollut houkuteltu
conditional mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. houkuttelisin en houkuttelisi 1st sing. olisin houkutellut en olisi houkutellut
2nd sing. houkuttelisit et houkuttelisi 2nd sing. olisit houkutellut et olisi houkutellut
3rd sing. houkuttelisi ei houkuttelisi 3rd sing. olisi houkutellut ei olisi houkutellut
1st plur. houkuttelisimme emme houkuttelisi 1st plur. olisimme houkutelleet emme olisi houkutelleet
2nd plur. houkuttelisitte ette houkuttelisi 2nd plur. olisitte houkutelleet ette olisi houkutelleet
3rd plur. houkuttelisivat eivät houkuttelisi 3rd plur. olisivat houkutelleet eivät olisi houkutelleet
passive houkuteltaisiin ei houkuteltaisi passive olisi houkuteltu ei olisi houkuteltu
imperative mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. 1st sing.
2nd sing. houkuttele älä houkuttele 2nd sing. ole houkutellut älä ole houkutellut
3rd sing. houkutelkoon älköön houkutelko 3rd sing. olkoon houkutellut älköön olko houkutellut
1st plur. houkutelkaamme älkäämme houkutelko 1st plur. olkaamme houkutelleet älkäämme olko houkutelleet
2nd plur. houkutelkaa älkää houkutelko 2nd plur. olkaa houkutelleet älkää olko houkutelleet
3rd plur. houkutelkoot älkööt houkutelko 3rd plur. olkoot houkutelleet älkööt olko houkutelleet
passive houkuteltakoon älköön houkuteltako passive olkoon houkuteltu älköön olko houkuteltu
potential mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. houkutellen en houkutelle 1st sing. lienen houkutellut en liene houkutellut
2nd sing. houkutellet et houkutelle 2nd sing. lienet houkutellut et liene houkutellut
3rd sing. houkutellee ei houkutelle 3rd sing. lienee houkutellut ei liene houkutellut
1st plur. houkutellemme emme houkutelle 1st plur. lienemme houkutelleet emme liene houkutelleet
2nd plur. houkutellette ette houkutelle 2nd plur. lienette houkutelleet ette liene houkutelleet
3rd plur. houkutellevat eivät houkutelle 3rd plur. lienevät houkutelleet eivät liene houkutelleet
passive houkuteltaneen ei houkuteltane passive lienee houkuteltu ei liene houkuteltu
Nominal forms
infinitives participles
active passive active passive
1st houkutella present houkutteleva houkuteltava
long 1st1
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st houkutellakseni houkutellaksemme
2nd houkutellaksesi houkutellaksenne
3rd houkutellakseen
past houkutellut houkuteltu
2nd inessive2 houkutellessa houkuteltaessa agent3 houkuttelema
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st houkutellessani houkutellessamme
2nd houkutellessasi houkutellessanne
3rd houkutellessaan
negative houkuttelematon
instructive houkutellen 1) Used only with a possessive suffix.

2) Usually with a possessive suffix (active only).
3) Usually with a possessive suffix. Not used with intransitive verbs. Distinct from nouns with the -ma suffix and third infinitive forms.
4) Some uses of the verbal noun are called the 'fourth infinitive' by certain sources (more details).

3rd inessive houkuttelemassa
elative houkuttelemasta
illative houkuttelemaan
adessive houkuttelemalla
abessive houkuttelematta
instructive houkutteleman houkuteltaman
4th4 verbal noun houkutteleminen
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st houkuttelemaisillani houkuttelemaisillamme
2nd houkuttelemaisillasi houkuttelemaisillanne
3rd houkuttelemaisillaan


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