Meaning of pwn in English:


Pronunciation /pəʊn/


[with object] informal
  • (especially in video gaming) utterly defeat (an opponent or rival); completely get the better of.

    • ‘I can't wait to pwn some noobs in this game’
    • ‘are you really going to allow yourself to be pwned by that guy?’
    • ‘the Phillies have pwned us this year’
    • ‘As for the Jays - the Rays pwn them, their record vs Tampa over the years is awful.’
    • ‘It was pretty shocking to see Beyer straight up pwn offensive linemen like this.’
    • ‘Now that we've seen both the girls and the boys, I can say, definitively, that the girls totally pwn the boys.’
    • ‘I predict he climbs an even higher mountain in the off season and comes back in 2013 to pwn even more batters.’
    • ‘Trust me, you haven't lived until you pwned someone in Titanfall with only your skill, a tablet and this controller attached to a headset.’
    • ‘This guy, the "gamer", repeatedly got in his partners' faces and loudly proclaimed his proclivity for pwning people.’
    • ‘But it was her story about pwning a racist motorist that really brought the house down.’
    • ‘It was a cynical play to show his base just how edgy he was, pwning this old plutocrat with his rapier-like wit.’
    • ‘I also want to point out, for the record, that this generation pwns mine in all ways.’
    • ‘She pwns Katy vocally on her own song.’
    beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish

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Early 21st century supposedly resulting from a common mistyping of own as a result of the proximity of the letter P to the letter O on a keyboard.