Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Merriam-Webster Online Recognizes New "User-Submitted" terms in its Open Dictionary

It's only a matter of time before everyone and his sister knows the terms we use in the game all the time:
From the Open Dictionary on


(adjective) : short for "aggravated"
Dude, he's totally going aggro on you!
Submitted by: trfreak from California on Jan. 24, 2007 21:10

(noun) : A term used to define the quantitative value used in MORPG's (Massive Online Role Playing Games) to determine who a NPC (non-player character) attacks.
The mage gained aggro on the drake when he hit it with a fireball.
Submitted by: David Ip from New York on Aug. 10, 2006 16:27


(noun) : [from newbie] someone who is new to an activity or subject
He's such a noob.
Submitted by: Jason Wolfe from North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2009 09:27

(adjective) : The definition is mainly used in the gaming community. It means someone who is new. (Usually also not that good)
Roger is such a noob he can not even get to level 2!
Submitted by: The Best Gamer! on Sep. 18, 2007 14:55

* (Note: this guy thinks the usage here is an adjective? Nope. A Noob to Grammar, I see! There were several people on this list . . . and there were LOTS of entries for this 'word'.)*


(verb) : to use a bot program in an online game
I bet he's botting right now.
Submitted by: metrex from Philippines on Feb. 03, 2009 22:51

* (What? No noun versions to describe all those plat farmers??)

(verb) : To engage in descriptive sexual stories, "cybersex" while online.
I'm not doing anything at the moment - want to cyber? —EverQuest II Online Gaming
Submitted by: Anonymous on Apr. 01, 2009 12:35


good to go
(adjective) : ready; prepared; all set; complete.
With the quarterback's injury fully healed, our team is good to go for a championship.
Submitted by: Ken from Tennessee on Aug. 02, 2006 10:10


(noun) : Stands for "Role Playing Game". eg. Final Fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons.
Have you heard of that new RPG game that's coming out next month?
Submitted by: La Ivonne from California on Sep. 27, 2006 00:02


(verb) : The verb to pwn (past tense: pwned, pwnd, pwn'd, pwnt, pooned) as used by the Internet gaming subculture, means to beat or dominate an opponent. While it probably originated as a typing error of the word own, it is now used intentionally by many members of the subculture.
My character pwned this battle. —Spohn, Dave, Internet Gaming Glossary, 2006-01-01
Submitted by: Chris Lin from Utah on Jan. 11, 2007 12:01

*(I've seen OWNED, but ... hm, ok.) also under 'Pwn':

(noun) : This is a misspelled version of "own" where the letter O and P, being close to each other on the keyboard were often mistyped and then adopted into "kiddy speak". This is not a word, but a mispelling of the word "own". This is not even an acryonym. It has no place in a dictionary.
Submitted by: Scallawag from Kansas on May. 01, 2007 11:03

(verb) : To utterly dominate an opponent.
I just pwned that noob!
Submitted by: Mike and Carla from Pennsylvania on Apr. 07, 2007 23:08

(verb) : To easily overtake in a battle. Mostly used in computer games to describe an easy victory over an opponent. Derived from the word "pawn". Forms include pwnage and pawnage.
I totally pwned that noob!
Submitted by: Hyla Crepitan from Kansas on Jan. 24, 2007 19:27

* (It's NOT derived from pawn. She's dreaming. I agree that it was a typo that everyone now uses.)

(noun) : A variation of the word in the MMORPG Runescape, n00b.
It is often used to describe a high level character who acts like a noob.
I owned some level 100 ch00b.
Submitted by: Anonymous on Feb. 27, 2007 17:37


(abbreviation) : got to go. Commonly used in "online language." Usually: g2g. Synonyms: bbl (be back later), bibi (byebye), biiii (bye), cya (see you), ttyl ( talk to you later)
g2g soon, soccer practice!
Submitted by: Anonymous on Apr. 14, 2007 10:50

* (Nope. In the MMO world, if someone in the group says this, it's "good to go" or ready!)


(noun) : Abbreviation for Player Versus Player; most commonly used with online gaming but useable with any multiplayer game to indicate a confrontation between two or more human players. "I'm kind of bored playing the story line; do you want to try some PVP?"
Submitted by: Duke from Illinois on Jul. 12, 2007 14:40


(noun) : An abbreviation for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. Made famous by games like World of Warcraft, Everquest and Final Fantasy XI
MMORPG's are the newest and biggest wave in gaming today.
Submitted by: Duke from Illinois on Jul. 12, 2007 14:35


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