A Japanese phrase that literally translates to "rising dragon punch", used to describe one of the most powerful strikes utilized in the martial art discipline of Shotokan Karate depicted in the popular Capcom video game series, Street Fighter.
Ryu exclaims "shoryuken", while leaping upwards to deliver an uppercut punch to his opponent.
by Ken January 15, 2004
That move in Street Fighter that makes jumping useless.
noob: I'm gonna jump!
Ryu: Don't do it... I'm warning you!

noob: ARRRRGHH!!!
Ryu: Idiot... SHORYUKEN!!!

(noob takes damage)
by mrpunchy June 26, 2006
Also known as a Dragon Punch. Used by Ryu and Ken in Street Fighter.
"Ryu cleaved me out of the air with a well-time shoryuken."
by Mad Walrus August 6, 2002
toward, down, down-toward + punch
by AzN aZn November 30, 2002
What every shoto loves to do.
When guile was about to do his jump punch into a flash kick combo, he was interrupted by Ken's Shoryuken.
by Dickhead Larry April 30, 2010
That anti-air dragon punch move used by the "Shotos" in the Street Fighter series. Despite having almost legendary status, it really is just throwing an uppercut and jumping in the air. Try it at home. You can probably do it. Its not really that amazing in practice except on online matches/arcade machines.
Bad Shoto Player: I'm really good with Ryu! Hadouken! Hadouken! Hadouken!

Veteran Street Fighter Player: Stop fireball-spamming! (jumps over fireballs)

Bad Shoto Player: Haha you jumped! Shoryuken!

Veteran Street Fighter Player: (Proceeds to shoryuken uppercut nOOb until he runs his 12-year old ass out of the room.
by JustThatGuy June 4, 2009
The coolest thing to scream over Xbox live everytime you hit/kill/pwn/dominate anyone.
<1337haxx0r69> OMG SHORYUKEN!!!11!!!111!!!11!!!!1
<Icantplaygames> u r annoying, go get a g/f dude
<1337haxx0r69> I have one...jenny .jpeg
by William Woody November 30, 2005