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What Does PWN Mean?

PWN means "To own." The term PWN is believed to have originated from a typing error. (NB: The letters "P" and "O" are adjacent on the keyboard.)

The abbreviation PWN is commonly used on war-game sites. Prior to this, however, it was used by computer hackers who referred "to owning" (i.e., taking control of) a system at its roots. PWN does not mean to own in the possessive sense, but instead to dominate or control a game, object or situation.

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Definition for PWN

PWN means "to own" (i.e., to dominate or to control). This is the most common definition for PWN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
PWN
Definition:To Own
(i.e., To Dominate or To Control)
Type:Cyber Term
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write PWN, I mean this:

meaning of PWN
PWN means to own (which is a neologism for to dominate or to have control over).

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Examples of PWN in Sentences

Here are examples of PWN being used in conversations:
  • Tony: How's the game going?
  • Jordan: Ha, I PWN it.
  • Tony: I'm thinking of joining the same karate club as you.
  • Jordan: Yeah, I'll totally PWN you.

An Academic Look at PWN

PWN is a verb that derives from "to own." There is no commonly accepted pronunciation, although "pawn" and "pone" are the most popular versions.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "dominate" instead of PWN.

Example of PWN Used in a Text

PWN

See Also

PWN3D (totally dominated or owned) PWND (totally dominated or owned) PWNED (totally dominated or owned) PWNT (totally dominated or owned) AYBABTU (all your base are belong to us (an example of broken English taken from the opening scene of the 1991 video game Zero Wing)) AYBRB2U (all your base are belong to us)