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
This pwns.

Pwns was originally a typo in Wow, when a player killed another, you would see

You just got pwned by player X
You just pwned player X

Dude, this burrito pwns!


only type it

dont say (out loud): dude, this burrito pones!
by Dark Hadrial May 30, 2008
v. To dominate another, often in online gaming.

Originally a misspelling, 'pwn' has come to also be considered a contraction of the 'Perfect Own" of an opponent.

History: Pwn first surfaced in online play in 1992 - 1993 when MMORPGs were better known as MUDs. Pwn reached it's peak as a standard term amongst game players around the time of Bungie's Battle.Net (1997-).

Pwn has been absorbed into other common online-originating language mediums since then, such as Leet Speak and Singlish.

Other Uses:
Pwning, Pwnage, Pwned (past tense), Pwnt (past tense).
"I pwned all last night on Battle.Net"
by Dann K July 08, 2005
pwns is a term for describing the act of dominating over someone or something
pepper pwns all ya'll's mammys...WHAt?! wHAT?!? yee...that's what I thought.
by solved October 02, 2007
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
online slang. means to beat or demolish someone else in a game.
by exoskel8 January 12, 2009
To completely kick a guy's ass, usually in a game. Originally a common typo of "own". It started out in games like Counter-Strike, where the spammers usually suck ass at typing.
*Player 1 kills Player 2 25 times in a row with a pistol*

Player 1: Pwned!
by aisdufhewak January 29, 2009
Dates back to the 60s at MIT. Although the meaning remains the same it was not a typo. It was used competitivly by programers working on chess AI. When one out programmed the others he would refer to himself as King and the others as pawns. It started being used on Fido Net across the BBS world before internet went public, although it was used on the internet between university's at the time.

Def: To PWN or Pawn someone/something means to remove its status, to be made unimportant. It means that you have proved yourself better than another.

Heavily used in Online gameing community.
I just PWN'd you in that duel.

That item PWNs anything else.
by Very Old Timer August 14, 2007

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