An example of a heathen is a person who is uncivilized and not religious.
An example of a heathen is a person who lies, cheats and does other immoral things.
Origin of heathen
- Middle English hethen from Old English hǣthen kaito- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Germanic: from Old English hǣþen, akin to heath on the moor, the poor, 'wild' countryside; cognate with Dutch heiden, German Heide.
- From heathen.