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PWN definition

PWN is a slang term meaning “to completely defeat (something).” Originally a mistyping of “own”, since “p” and “o” are next to each other on QWERTY keyboards. PWN is part of leetspeak, a modified spelling system used by hackers and video gamers.

Real quotes using PWN

  • “Then, a bunch of federal attorneys general got pwned in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding their prosecution of medical marijuana businesses, which is a pretty big deal.” Vince Sliwoski, The Portland Mercury
  • “We pwned Tesla Model S remotely (no physical contact) with a complex exploit chain. All details reported to Tesla.” Tencent Keen Security Lab, Twitter