[pohn, pawn, pee-ohn, -awn]

verb (used with object)

Slang. to totally defeat or dominate, especially in a video or computer game: You just got pwned! I pwned those guys in the end.

Origin of pwn

1990–95; intentional misspelling of own (used in the same sense), probably from the common mistake of typing “p” instead of the adjacent “o” on a standard keyboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for pwned

"dominated, humiliatingly defeated, taken over," by 2001, "leetspeak" slang, probably from the common typographical mistake for owned (the -p- and -o- keys being adjacent on standard English keyboards) in the gamer slang sense "completely dominated by another" (in a contest).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper