Unknown, possibly from a calque of Old English *æfgod (literally off- + god), but first attested in early modern dictionaries of Old English and probably mistakenly attributed based on Dutch afgod or Old Saxon afgod, which appears in pseudo-Bede's translation of the Sermon for All Saints' Day. The Dutch, Old Saxon, etc. forms derive from Old High German abgot (“idol, pagan god”), from ab- (“off, away from”) + got (“God, god”). Compare Old English æfgælþ (“superstition”) and Gothic 𐌰𐍆𐌲𐌿𐌸𐍃 (afguþs, “godless, impious”). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)
afgod (plural afgods)
- (religion, derogatory, historical, obsolete) An idol.
- (religion, derogatory, historical, obsolete) A pagan god.
- (heraldry, historical, obsolete) A kind of dragon associated with such idols or gods.