Pwn (below: Various pronunciations) is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb "own", as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., "You just got pwned!"). It was popular among Counter-Strike gamers before spreading through the more general Internet world. The past tense and past participle, pwned, may also be spelled: pwnd, pwn'd, pwn3d, pwnt, poned, pawned, or powned.
In hacker jargon, pwn means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.
Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language.
'Pwn' has no generally accepted pronunciation: renditions include /ˈoʊn/, /ˈpoʊn/, /pəʔˈoʊn/, /ˈpɔːn/, /piːˈoʊn/. This is because it is primarily used in written form, thus it has no single accepted pronunciation. Originally, 'pwn' and its variants were pronounced /ˈoʊn/) in the same way as the derived verb 'own'; the tail of the 'p' being "silent". A notable usage of this pronunciation can be seen in the Internet distributed series Pure Pwnage (pronounced "pure ownage", /ˈpjʊər ˈoʊnɨdʒ/).
Pwn is a slang term, which came from the verb "own",. It implies ownership, as in domination and humiliation of a rival. It is usually used only on the Internet. The past tense may also be spelled: pwnd, pwn'd pwn3d, pwnt or powned.
The word pwn may have begun as a typo of "own" because the p and o keys are close to each other on a standard English keyboard.
Pwn comes from the word pwned, that comes from the word owned and that comes from the word own.