What Does PWND Mean in a Text?

PWND means "Owned." The PWND is typically used after losing badly during an online game (e.g., I was really PWND, man.) When one player completely annihilates another, the loser is said to have been PWND (i.e., owned, beaten, defeated).

The term PWND almost certainly derived from a typing error of OWNED as P and O are next to each other a standard keyboard. The 3 simply represents an E. (NB: 3 is a common substitute for E in cyber speak.)

PWND is not always about losing or related to online gaming. For example:
  • I was starving. I totally PWND that pie.

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When I write PWND, I mean this:

meaning of PWND

PWND means "Owned" (which means beaten, defeated, dominated or controlled).

Summary of Key Points

"owned (i.e., dominated, defeated or controlled)" is the most common definition for PWND on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
(i.e., dominated, defeated, controlled)
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PWND in Sentences

Here are examples of PWND being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Liverpool were PWND on Wednesday.
  • Jordan: Yes, they were!
  • Tony: I did 10 laps of the track tonight.
  • Jordan: 10? Mel did 30! You have just been PWND, man.

An Academic Look at PWND

PWND is the past tense of "to own" (i.e., owned). "Pawned" and "poned" are the most popular pronunciations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "thrashed" or "squarely beaten" instead of PWND.

Example of PWND Used in a Text

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