1337 is the language of hackers and newbies across the internet. Also, the words in 1337 are usually short(ie "are" becomes "r") and intentionally spelt wrong(ie "the" becomes "teh", this is most common with e switching places and o's becoming p's)

the mostly complete translation chart(exluding unicode characters, ie ©):
A=4 /-\ @ ^ /\
B=8 ]3 ]8 |3 |8
C=( {
D=) } |) |} |> >
F*=# |=
G=6 9 (_>
H=# |-| (-) )-( }{ {-} /-/ \-\
I=1 !
J**=_| j
K=|< |{
L=1 |_
M=/\/\ |\/|
N=/\/ |\| \
O=0 ()
P=|D |* |>
R=|2 |? |-
T=7 + ']'
U=(_) |_| \_\ /_/
W=\/\/ |/\|
X**=>< }{ X
Y='/ %
Z**=2 z

Common mispellings:
the = teh
that = taht
take = taek
own = pwn
you = joo
dude = jood

common phonetic replacements(always used in true 1337):
f = ph
ck == xx

*there is no 'F' in true 1337, it is replaced by the 'ph' phonetic in true 1337

**acceptable when not replaced by a symbol
_|00 |2 4/\/ |_||\|1337 (_)83|2 |-|4><><0|2

Translation: You are an unleet uber hacker
by Amnesiasoft October 26, 2004
Pronounced "Leet", short for "Elite". The original phrase was 31337, or "Elite", referring to the best hackers. It is still used today by some of the good hackers, but the word has been picked up and overused by so many losers and posers that its meaning has been corrupted.
Dade Murphy, or "Zerocool", is 1337.
by Kevin Mitnick June 10, 2003
The number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.
Boy: Hey, Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
Mr. Owl: Let's find out! A-one, a-two, a-three...
Mr. Owl: ...a-one thousand three hundred thirty six, a-one thousand three hundred thirty seven. 1337 licks.
by Muftobration July 10, 2008
usage: most commonly used for people who don't know what 1337 is about and think it is cool

it was actually used in usergroups where content including things such as "hacker" were censored or deleted using programmed filters. using 1337 was used to get past these filters and since there are so many forms of a word using 1337, they had to give up.
by Anonymous January 28, 2003
A word used my losery 10 year olds who read it playing Counter-Strike, which is in between watching Dragonball Z and Pokemon. Most of them don't know what it means and write screwed up sentences.
Loser69: h4 h4 I 4m 500 1337. j00 ll4ma ha><0|2z 5u|< mi w4ng!
Realplayer: Shut up and die.
by Madman April 01, 2003
Leet//1337: (most commonly 1337 but often also leetspeak, leetspeek, l33t5p34k, or l33t) from the phonetic form of the word "elite", is a cipher, or novel form of English spelling. It is characterized by the use of non-alphabetic characters to stand for letters bearing a superficial resemblance, and by a number of spelling changes such as the substitution of "z" for final "s" and "x" for "(c)ks". Leetspeak is traditionally used on the Internet and other online communities, such as bulletin board systems. Leetspeak is commonly used by hackers, crackers, script kiddies, and gamers.
----However, leetspeak is not popular amongst all hackers. Many consider it a pointless affectation, and as it has become widely used it is less useful as a way of showing membership of an "elite" group. It is nonetheless a cultural phenomenon well-known amongst hackers and many other Internet users.
----Certain factions maintain that "true" leetspeak is spelled correctly, with the exceptions described above. They do not consider the use of extreme short forms (such as "b" for "be", or "u" for "you") as leetspeak; instead, they refer to it by such terms as "AOL speak". This is because they associate such habits with users who use ISPs like AOL, which is associated with "newness" and therefore not considered "elite". Another convention sometimes associated with leetspeak or Internet chatting is capitalizing every other letter (LiKe ThIs), sometimes called studlycaps or stickycaps. A similar habit involves capitalizing every letter except for vowels (LiKe THiS).
There are two kinds of people in this world, noobs and leet....4nd 1f y0u c4n7 und3r574nd 7h15 7h3n u r 4 n008
by b-rizzle to the g-rizzle March 02, 2005
1337 was the year the hundred years war started making an obscure factoid a totally useless piece of gamer common knowledge.
Professor: "What year did the hundred year war start? Anyone? Anyone?"

You: "Ohhh! Ohhh! 1337!"

Professor: "Ok theres the gamer"
by otacon July 13, 2006
1337 language for the word Leet.

A type of language used in games, same words just changing the word to have letters in it.

This language is read easily by nerds who play games all day and type superspeed.

Quit WoW___Qu17 vv0vv
Don't play Runescape___D0n'7 pl4y Run35c4p3

0k y0u g37 7h3 1d34...

0mg 7h15 l4n6u4g3 15 us3d 2 0f73n 1n v1d30 g4m3s, 0n1y g4m3r n3rd5 t41k 11k3 7h15.

7h15 l4n6u4g3 15 v3ry p0pul4r 7hr0u6h0u7 7h3 n4rd vv0r1d.

by Sephire000 July 10, 2008

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