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[noun kon-fab; verb kuh n-fab, kon-fab]Informal.
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  1. a confabulation.
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verb (used without object), con·fabbed, con·fab·bing.
  1. to confabulate: They spent the morning confabbing over coffee in my office.
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Origin of confab

First recorded in 1695–1705; by shortening
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Related Words

dialogue, chat, chitchat, palaver, discussion, converse, speech, confabulation, chatter, talk, confabulate, discuss, speak, chaffer

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  • At 11 o'clock Birdwood and Byng came over for a confab on the last upset.

  • I finds him in his room havin' a confab with two other plain clothes gents.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • But Jenkins had his limitations, as came out during the confab.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • "Now for a confab," said Lewis, as his companions gathered about him.

  • The Sioux had retired, mainly to sit dismounted in close circle, for a confab.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

British Dictionary definitions for confab


  1. a conversation or chat
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verb -fabs, -fabbing or -fabbed
  1. (intr) to converse
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Word Origin and History for confab


1701, colloquial shortening of confabulation.

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