It is common knowledge it originated in warcraft; you'll see a lot of those here, so I wont bore you by repeating it. However, it also applies to when people get lots of thumbs down for their bullshit definitions of "pwned"
As above:
When people get lots of thumbs down for their bullshit definitions of "pwned"
by Ambrosia January 21, 2005
A verb meaning "to own with a pistol"
coined in Halo 2
He pwned that kid for a killtacular
by Gaaalo January 18, 2011
This is a word that my kids use on the internet.... when I asked what it meant, they told me that it was a bastardized version of "owned".

This is a "teen word".. and for some of you to continue arguing over the origins... well, see my example below.
"Urban Dictionary users who continue to argue over the origins of adolescent internet terminology, are totally pwned by the rest of us who really don't give a shit."
by Whisper00300 December 09, 2006
see pwned, or power owned, or, if the mood so strikes you powned
i just p'wned your bitch ass at World of warcraft
by Al Downes October 30, 2006
Arrived from the word owned,
which arrived from the word own,
Which came from the word CAT
Boy on computer: Best porn ever!!??? *click*
Computer: *pirate song. lalalalalalalala pirate!*
Boy: wtf!?
by murtleturtle February 23, 2011
pwned originated long before warcraft, in a game called Quake.
I was playing Quake Team Fortress when I got pwned by a noob pyro throwing napalm everywhere. What's "warcraft?"
by foonilla February 08, 2011
There is a common misconception saying that it's pwned because the O key is next to the P and people mean to write owned, but accidentally write pwned, and the name stuck. This is far from true. Pwned really means "Permanently Owned".
Mary: Jason, you're such a waste of everyones time. Go crawl in a hole and die.

Jason: ...

Bob: Dude, you just got pwned. (permanently owned)
by duuuddeeeeee15 September 26, 2010
When a cell phone company tells you one thing but then does get pwned!
Ives: "Are you sure this won't extend my contract?"

CELL PHONE CO. : "Yes, we are positive." (secretly grinning)

Ives: "Ok great, lets do it!"

CELL PHONE CO. : (a week later) "Here's your newly extended 3 year contract. Hope you like it! By the way, you just got pwned!"

Ives: "Bullshit!"
by Dark Agent 1024 March 24, 2010

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