From Proto-Finnic *hepoi, cognate with Estonian hobu, Karelian hepo, Veps hepo, Livonian ibbi, Votic õpo, Votic opo. Possibly a loan from a descendant of Proto-Indo-European *h₁éḱwos, such as Proto-Germanic *ehwaz.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhepo/, [ˈhe̞po̞]
  • Rhymes: -epo
  • Syllabification: he‧po



  1. (poetic) horse
  2. (colloquial) heroin

Usage notesEdit

Rare in general usage, although common in sayings, idioms and in metaphorical use.


Inflection of hepo (Kotus type 1/valo, p-v gradation)
nominative hepo hevot
genitive hevon hepojen
partitive hepoa hepoja
illative hepoon hepoihin
singular plural
nominative hepo hevot
accusative nom. hepo hevot
gen. hevon
genitive hevon hepojen
partitive hepoa hepoja
inessive hevossa hevoissa
elative hevosta hevoista
illative hepoon hepoihin
adessive hevolla hevoilla
ablative hevolta hevoilta
allative hevolle hevoille
essive hepona hepoina
translative hevoksi hevoiksi
instructive hevoin
abessive hevotta hevoitta
comitative hepoineen
Possessive forms of hepo (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person heponi hepomme
2nd person heposi heponne
3rd person heponsa

Derived termsEdit


  • Häkkinen, Kaisa (2004) Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja [Modern Finnish Etymological Dictionary] (in Finnish), Juva: WSOY, →ISBN