My clergyman asked me whether there exists a single word for a person or thing "that keeps on giving," that is, gives over and over again. I couldn't come up with such a word, but I volunteered the spontaneous coinages, "palindoric" or "palindotic" (for the adjectives, obviously). Can anyone suggest a better word or coinage? Thank you.

POSTSCRIPTUM: I should probably clarify a bit more: he wanted the word to be value-neutral, one that could cover equally sinning and blessing, for example, or a long-deceased beloved grandparent and an abusive ex-spouse. The idea behind this, I suppose, is that some events and persons in our lives can be reverberative either positively or negatively: they continue to 'give' to us in some sense regardless of whether we want to accept.

  • What about generous: willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc; munificent. – user66974 Aug 4 '15 at 19:21
  • Possibly: ATM. – jxh Aug 4 '15 at 20:43
  • Not a single word, but in the world of university advancement, such a person is affectionately known as "a live one." – Papa Poule Aug 4 '15 at 20:51
  • "Bottomless well"? – deadrat Aug 5 '15 at 0:18
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    I'd question the advisability of attempting to use the same word for both a generous, righteous person and a stingy abuser. – Hot Licks Sep 4 '15 at 20:37

Maybe you would like "fount".

fount - A source of a desirable quality or commodity.

It should be a familiar word to a clergyman because of the hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".


How about "cornucopian"? A cornucopia, literally meaning "horn of plenty", is a mythical object that could produce as much food as was desired, or, in some tellings, anything that was desired. The word is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an inexhaustible store".

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