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own

verb; zero derivation
To beat someone or possess greater skills than them at something, especially video games. Speaker was looking for an informal way to say that he is better than someone else at something. This is slang, so it is less severe than saying the more formal phrase “I am better than you.” In addition, this is a major shibboleth. It is a major component of 1337 (leet), and has spread from this community to become a fairly well-known slang word, especially among people who use computers often. Using this word enables you to become a member of this group.
 
He owned me in chess.
Etymology : own. zero derivation of verb own
Source : Her brother
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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