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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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).

Summary of Key Points

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.
Definition:To Own
(i.e., To Dominate or To Control)
Type:Cyber Term
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


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


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