"buksi" in Hungarian is an affectionate form of "head" - usually it's applied to smaller people (typically kids) and creatures with cute features (for example, a puppy or a kitten). This word is in addition to "fej", which is the regular word for "head".

"buksi" can also be used as an adjective, in front of "fej" (but not other nouns).

I feel that "head" just misses a lot of the additional meaning of the Hungarian word and I'm looking for a word (or phrase) that more closely matches. The best I can come up with is "cute little round head" but it feels long and complicated.

  • 1
    Bonce? Noddle is a bit "dated". Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 16:54
  • Nut is another word, although it has other [slang] meanings.
    – Mick
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 17:06
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    You might also like noggin.
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 17:07
  • And loaf of bread [or just loaf] (BrE - Cockney rhyming slang)
    – Mick
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 17:11
  • @Jim noggin may work.
    – xxbbcc
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 17:14

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You might consider noggin defined in Random House1 as:

  1. a small mug.
  2. a small amount of liquor, usu. a gill.
  3. Informal. a person's head.

[1620–30; orig. uncertain]

The third definition is applicable here.

1 noggin. (n.d.) Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary. (2010). Retrieved July 28 2017


My parents, being from Ontario, Canada, would call such a child or pet 'Peanut'. Or, "Olivia is just a little peanut" - given the exagerated head and similiar appearance to a peanut viewed from above.


Also, there is a common term used for small children and late toddlers with enormous looking head, "Munchkin" which comes soleely from the race of small people in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum(1900) which is not a direct definition but if you said "Oh, that little munchkin?" and the subject was small with a large head, the meaning would come across clearly.


From the Dictionary of American Slang:


  • Just curious, is that where 'nut' comes from? (as per @Mick) Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 16:47

you might be missing the point with the word "Buksi" and "buksi".

Of course it is used for small kids when you do care of them and would like to say very kindly as "take care of your head, small boy" or for a little baby you might says "you have a cute little head". In these cases, the Hungarian people can use "buksi" to emphasize the cuteness of small kid.

The "Buksi" with capital however, is a traditional Hungarian name for dogs (only). You might be able to find this dog name in older Hungarian books. Similar traditional dog names are "Morzsi", "Morzsa", etc. One of our famous poets, Sandor Petofi use "Morzsa" at one of his poems.

As a very popular dog name, we probably have thousands of dogs in Hungary with name "Buksi". I personaly very like to use this word either for a dog or just emphasize how cute is a little baby's face and head using "buksi" instead of the regular and boring "fej" which means "head".

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