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
A term that developed as a typo of "own", appearing in various games. Later, it referred to the complete and total destruction or "ownage" of an opponent. Nowadays, it has no genuine meaning and has been seen as punctuation.
Old usage: "Dude, you just totally pwned that guy"
Later usage: "0mg 1 kil u!!11!1! pwnt"
Current usage: A:"If you work on your aim, you will get more kills." B: "pwnt" C: "Yeah, I suppose we need to learn." B: "OMG LURNIN IS FAEL pwnt pwnt pwnt"
by Pepsiman May 19, 2009
Started with a spelling error in Warcraft where a message that was supposed to say "Player has been owned" was mis-spelled to "Player has been pwned"

It's spread from there, taking on different forms such as pwnd pwnage pwns or pwnd

1) used in a game when someone has totally pwnd, usually against an inexperienced or less experienced player.

2) used to describe an epicly amazing item

3) used by computer nerds who cant think of anything else to say to diss someone else's mom.
1) "dude, u ttly pwnd that n00b"
2) "omfg! that cape is so pwnage!
3) "I pwned ur mom last night! Stfu noob!"
by Asmonder May 13, 2009
To completely dominate an opponent, usually in video games.

To beat beyond recognition.

To make someone your bitch.

Often used with the slang "Noob"
I pwn Rick because he is a noob.

Rick is a total noob at everything, so i pwn him.
by M.D.S. August 15, 2005
1. Act of being superior to other person; dominating or humiliating an opponent

2. Being excellent or perfect in owning

Commonly used for Internet video games to tease defeated enemy. Typo for "own", therefore, it is a slang for own. Usually aimed at noobs. Many, many noobs.
1. "Dude, you just got pwned by the doctor. Dr. Doctor"

2. "Shut up you nooby noob. I PWNED YOU IN THAT GAME."
by PO.THE.TELETUBBY<333 November 15, 2011
The Welsh / Cornish spelling of "poon".
"I'm going to town to see if I can get a little pwn."
by Steeplejack March 15, 2010
The total domination or shut down of a person, place or thing.

Originated as a misspelling of the word "Own"
You just got pwnd mate!!!

I pwn you!!!
by Blargface December 22, 2010
The total shut down or domination of a person, place, or thing. Pwn came from the word owned, which came from the word owned, which came from the word own, which originated from the word... cat. PWN has become one of the most frequently used words throughout the world. For example when someone or something is tricked, fooled, made a fool, was and now is a fool, punched in the face, hit with a frying pan, or is a moron.
Australia: You just got pwned, mate.
Southern America: Yall just got pwned.
Japan: Pwnpwn you!
by xxxxxxxmagicalxmexxxxxxx August 16, 2010

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