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.

3. PWNAGE!
by PandaBash July 13, 2009
To own hard core. It can never be spelt Powned because thats just the way it is.
"DUUUDEE you just got PWNED"
by Ohyeahher May 20, 2010
Verb
Pronounced: OWN

A big misconception is that it is pronounced 'pone' instead of 'own'. It was a miss-spelling of 'own', and it caught on. Just, the original people who came up with it pronounced it 'own'. But there were so many people who didn't get the joke, that they just assumed that it was pronounced 'pone'. www.purepwnage.com Explains it in episode 10.

1. It brutally win, it school someone, to get tons of headshots, etc.

2. To describe something cool or great.
Oh, no!! I just got pwned by a total n00b!

Wow, I just pwned that kid!

You got that game!? That pwns!!
by g3t_ __pWn3D January 10, 2009
to beat someone in some sort of competition or match severly or easily
That noob was pwned!!!!!
by Davvis December 14, 2007
(Verb) A command in the game Soldat. Pressing / and then typing pwn will make said Soldater hump into the direction he is facing. Normally used against a player who has gone Away From Keyboard. Amusing. A few Soldat porn pictures have been made using this. They usually depict one soldat lying down with his head up, whilst the other Soldat performs '/pwn' in front of him, ammounting to a blow job.
Going up to an unsuspecting player, and /pwning them from behind. Can be very funny when done against a camping sniper who is in zoom mode.
by Kangar October 11, 2007
To humiliate someone on irc with vicious taunts or insults.
<PersonA> ill kick your fucking ass
<PersonB> please don't, its still sore from where yo moma stuck her cock in it last night
<PersonC> lol pwn
by Snake0 June 12, 2007
The total domination or shut down of a person place or thing.
1. I pwn you!
2. Ya'll just got pwned
3. Yo brother just got pwned oh what?!?
4. Just got pwned mate.
5. No mes esa I pwn you homes!
by AnonymousPerson18472 December 02, 2010
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. Exept it is pronounced owned.....anyone that does not do this is a total noob.
noob: I tottaly pwned you because I granaded your face....

Harcore Gamer: Its pronounced owned dumbass noob....

dumbass noob: yes, yes I am
by stormshaun August 03, 2010
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