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corruption of the word "Owned." This originated in an online game
called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled "owned." When the
computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so "has been
Instead, it said, so-and-so "has been pwned."
It basically means "to own" or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.
"Man, I rock at my job, but I still got a bad evaluation. I was pwned."
"That team totally pwned us."
The letters 'O' and 'P' are right next to each other, could've just as easily been 'iwned'.