[noun kon-fab; verb kuh n-fab, kon-fab]Informal.
- a confabulation.
- to confabulate: They spent the morning confabbing over coffee in my office.
Origin of confab
First recorded in 1695–1705; by shortening
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Related Wordsdialogue, chat, chitchat, palaver, discussion, converse, speech, confabulation, chatter, talk, confabulate, discuss, speak, chaffer
Examples from the Web for confab
One donor complains about the takeout chicken pot pies served at a Karl Rove-hosted confab.Speed Read: Kenneth Vogel’s ‘Big Money’ Shows How PACs Control Politics
June 9, 2014
On the first afternoon of the three-day confab, as guests are still strolling in, the booth already has attracted a crowd.
It bills itself as the first stop on the road to the White House, but many GOP players skipped the New Orleans confab.
From afar, the confab known as the World Economic Forum in Davos looked a little like Asgard, the mythical home of the Norse gods.At Davos 2014, The Gods Of Mischief Rule
January 21, 2014
At the IMF confab, one of the most well-attended sessions was a panel on restructuring sovereign debt.Panic Sets In With the Davos Crowd
October 14, 2013
At 11 o'clock Birdwood and Byng came over for a confab on the last upset.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
I finds him in his room havin' a confab with two other plain clothes gents.Torchy and Vee
But Jenkins had his limitations, as came out during the confab.The Wreck of the Titan
"Now for a confab," said Lewis, as his companions gathered about him.The Riflemen of the Miami
Edward S. Ellis
The Sioux had retired, mainly to sit dismounted in close circle, for a confab.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
- a conversation or chat
- (intr) to converse
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Word Origin and History for confab
1701, colloquial shortening of confabulation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper