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From mataa +‎ -ella.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑdelːɑˣ/, [ˈmɑ̝de̞lːɑ̝(ʔ)]
  • Rhymes: -ɑdelːɑ
  • Syllabification(key): ma‧del‧la



  1. To creep, worm.
  2. To move very slowly (e.g. in a traffic jam).


Inflection of madella (Kotus type 67*F/tulla, t-d gradation)
indicative mood
present tense perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. matelen en matele 1st sing. olen madellut en ole madellut
2nd sing. matelet et matele 2nd sing. olet madellut et ole madellut
3rd sing. matelee ei matele 3rd sing. on madellut ei ole madellut
1st plur. matelemme emme matele 1st plur. olemme madelleet emme ole madelleet
2nd plur. matelette ette matele 2nd plur. olette madelleet ette ole madelleet
3rd plur. matelevat eivät matele 3rd plur. ovat madelleet eivät ole madelleet
passive madellaan ei madella passive on madeltu ei ole madeltu
past tense pluperfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. matelin en madellut 1st sing. olin madellut en ollut madellut
2nd sing. matelit et madellut 2nd sing. olit madellut et ollut madellut
3rd sing. mateli ei madellut 3rd sing. oli madellut ei ollut madellut
1st plur. matelimme emme madelleet 1st plur. olimme madelleet emme olleet madelleet
2nd plur. matelitte ette madelleet 2nd plur. olitte madelleet ette olleet madelleet
3rd plur. matelivat eivät madelleet 3rd plur. olivat madelleet eivät olleet madelleet
passive madeltiin ei madeltu passive oli madeltu ei ollut madeltu
conditional mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. matelisin en matelisi 1st sing. olisin madellut en olisi madellut
2nd sing. matelisit et matelisi 2nd sing. olisit madellut et olisi madellut
3rd sing. matelisi ei matelisi 3rd sing. olisi madellut ei olisi madellut
1st plur. matelisimme emme matelisi 1st plur. olisimme madelleet emme olisi madelleet
2nd plur. matelisitte ette matelisi 2nd plur. olisitte madelleet ette olisi madelleet
3rd plur. matelisivat eivät matelisi 3rd plur. olisivat madelleet eivät olisi madelleet
passive madeltaisiin ei madeltaisi passive olisi madeltu ei olisi madeltu
imperative mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. 1st sing.
2nd sing. matele älä matele 2nd sing.
3rd sing. madelkoon älköön madelko 3rd sing. olkoon madellut älköön olko madellut
1st plur. madelkaamme älkäämme madelko 1st plur.
2nd plur. madelkaa älkää madelko 2nd plur.
3rd plur. madelkoot älkööt madelko 3rd plur. olkoot madelleet älkööt olko madelleet
passive madeltakoon älköön madeltako passive olkoon madeltu älköön olko madeltu
potential mood
present perfect
person positive negative person positive negative
1st sing. madellen en madelle 1st sing. lienen madellut en liene madellut
2nd sing. madellet et madelle 2nd sing. lienet madellut et liene madellut
3rd sing. madellee ei madelle 3rd sing. lienee madellut ei liene madellut
1st plur. madellemme emme madelle 1st plur. lienemme madelleet emme liene madelleet
2nd plur. madellette ette madelle 2nd plur. lienette madelleet ette liene madelleet
3rd plur. madellevat eivät madelle 3rd plur. lienevät madelleet eivät liene madelleet
passive madeltaneen ei madeltane passive lienee madeltu ei liene madeltu
Nominal forms
infinitives participles
active passive active passive
1st madella present mateleva madeltava
long 1st1
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st madellakseni madellaksemme
2nd madellaksesi madellaksenne
3rd madellakseen
past madellut madeltu
2nd inessive2 madellessa madeltaessa agent3 matelema
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st madellessani madellessamme
2nd madellessasi madellessanne
3rd madellessaan
negative matelematon
instructive madellen 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 matelemassa
elative matelemasta
illative matelemaan
adessive matelemalla
abessive matelematta
instructive mateleman madeltaman
4th4 verbal noun mateleminen
Possessive forms
Person sing. plur.
1st matelemaisillani matelemaisillamme
2nd matelemaisillasi matelemaisillanne
3rd matelemaisillaan


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