To dominate or be better than; to be superior to.

Originally a typo for "own".
I'm going to pwn you at Battleship.
by dibtio March 19, 2006
Verb, Adjective...

to destroy or devastate, to achieve victory in absolute terms...generally used as slang term among video-gamers and the population born in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

"Pwn" comes from its root word: "own". The word "own" evolved in early Middle English from Old English, from root "agan" meaning "to have, to own". It became obsolete after 1300 AD, but was revived in the early 17th century, in part as a back-formation of "owner" which continued to modern day. The meaning "to own up" or to "make full confession" began use in vernacular in 1852.

Over time, with the advent of the video-game industry, modern English has evolved to include use of many slang and condensed terms to adapt to the needs of the fast-paced virtual environment. For example, typing the term "I beat you" requires a significant time investment when you take into consideration the environment changes in game which can range from virtual bombs being dropped from war planes to enemy soldiers charging your virtual base gates. Therefore, the ageless practice of "smack-talk" needed to become swifter and easier to implement.

There are conflicting theories as to the evolution of the term "owned" as smack-talk. However, it is commonly held that the term came about to mean that one competitor is so immeasurably superior to one's adversary that they can do whatever in the game and still win. Akin to meaning the superior competitor "owns" the other player, making him do whatever he/she wants. The term is said to have come about when Blizzard, Inc. introduced its groundbreaking and award winning Starcraft RTS (real-time strategy) game in the mid-1990s.

The term "owned" rapidly became a popular term among video-gamers. However, with the release of Starcraft: Brood Wars it is said that there was one match where a player accidentally missed the "o" key and hit "p" instead - typing "pwned". Since then, constant ridicule of that legendary player's poor language skills has lead to an explosive increase in the use of the new term "pwned".
1. Oh man, I pwned you so bad.

2. I pwn at this game very much.

by PandaBash July 13, 2009
Pwn = own.
He, she, I, it, they, pwns.

Usually used in things like video games and on internet profiles.

Meant to be "own," but the typo "pwn" soon became very popular, thus the word own being forgotten from the English language.
Diana can pwn this pic.

Dave pwns my shirt, Alli pwns my jeans.
by APop June 18, 2008
PWN (verb) 1. An act of dominating an opponent. 2. Great, ingenious; applied to methods and objects. Originally dates back to the days of WarCraft, when a map designer mispelled "Own" as "Pwn". What was originally supose to be "player has been owned." was "player has been pwned". Pwn eventually grew from there and is now used throughout the online world, especially in online games.
1. "I pwn these guys on battlenet"

2. "This strategy pwns!" or "This game pwn."

3. "Newman just got pwned by Ashlee."
by DGOW November 09, 2010
The total domination or shutdown of a person, place, or thing.
I pwned you Steven! 4 Killing Sprees, 2 Killing Frenzy's, 4 Triple Kills, 9 Assassinations, 82 Beat Downs, 23 Sniper Kills, 19 Sticks, 2 From the Grave Kills, and a Perfection!
by xtSmSnip3r June 29, 2010
A term used in the world of paintball altough originaly thought to be a mistaken spelling in warcraft it has been used in the world of paintball since the late 70's. The term means to be beaten in paintball my a large margin or to be owned at it. the p in owned stands for paintball so someone who is pwned is someone that has been owned at paintball
"hey did u have to pwn that kid?"
"5 bucks that little kid will pwn"
"if u can pwn me i will buy drinks after"
by a,pballa May 16, 2010
1 Own to the fullest extent of humanly possible abilities
2. To dominate, be godlike, in comparison to others at any specific thing, ex. video games, sports etc
I Pwn stupid n00bs like you douchebag.
by Valher November 03, 2009
1)Pwn (present tense) or Pwned (past tense) - (verb) - The total domination, shutdown, or destruction of a person place or thing.

2)Pwnage (present tense) or Pwned (Past tense) - (adjective) - Describes how amazing or cool a person, place, or thing is

Commonly used by kids, teens, and young adults in video or computer games. Originated from the word 'owned' of the same meaning, it is perhaps a typo that has become a popular in the virtual and internet world. Of the txt language or known online as 'Leet' (L33T or L337), short for 'Elite'.
1) "So how'd your game of Halo go last night?"

"I lost 50 to 17."

"Dude, you got totally pwned!"

2) "How was your trip to Seattle?"

"It PWNED HARDCORE! You should have been there!"

2) "Left 4 Dead 2 is going to be Major Pwnage!"
by phre4k October 29, 2009

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