Meaning of budtender in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbʌdtɛndə/


  • A person who serves customers at an establishment where cannabis is sold.

    ‘I started working at the dispensary as a budtender last June’
    • ‘A budtender holds a marijuana cigarette for a patient at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary.’
    • ‘The budtender at Grow Life even said that the strain was extinct, only being kept alive by clones here and there, so I was really pumped to try it out.’
    • ‘He sauntered into his neighborhood marijuana shop recently and asked the "budtender" for a look at his wares.’
    • ‘Me and the owner of the dispensary we were at and the budtender talked with her for 45 minutes at the shop.’
    • ‘I purchased a Sweet Grass Kitchen cookie from Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen where a budtender explained what to expect.’
    • ‘Expect your budtender to ask questions about plans you have, in order to tailor their recommendation.’
    • ‘I can only purchase recreational cannabis at a dispensary that has a 502 license, where the budtender will advise me on the best products for my needs, as well as the latest laws and regulations.’
    • ‘Job seekers for roles including budtender, trimmers, security, software/IT, "master grower," and "labs & testing" met with contracting firms like Green Leaf Management that have quickly sprouted to serve the industry.’
    • ‘Like a bartender, wine sommelier or pharmacist, the budtender listens to the customer and recommends the appropriate strain.’


1990s blend of bud (sense 2 of the noun) and bartender.