Definition of pwn in US English:


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[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’
    • ‘I predict he climbs an even higher mountain in the off season and comes back in 2013 to pwn even more batters.’
    • ‘But it was her story about pwning a racist motorist that really brought the house down.’
    • ‘I also want to point out, for the record, that this generation pwns mine in all ways.’
    • ‘It was a cynical play to show his base just how edgy he was, pwning this old plutocrat with his rapier-like wit.’
    • ‘She pwns Katy vocally on her own song.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for the Jays - the Rays pwn them, their record vs Tampa over the years is awful.’
    • ‘Now that we've seen both the girls and the boys, I can say, definitively, that the girls totally pwn the boys.’
    • ‘It was pretty shocking to see Beyer straight up pwn offensive linemen like this.’
    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.