[ kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt ]
/ kənˈfæb yəˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing.

to converse informally; chat.
Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.

Nearby words

  1. conestoga wagon,
  2. coney,
  3. coney island,
  4. conf.,
  5. confab,
  6. confabulation,
  7. confarreation,
  8. confect,
  9. confection,
  10. confectionary

Origin of confabulate

1605–15; < Latin confābulātus (past participle of confābulārī to talk together), equivalent to con- con- + fābul(a) conversation (see fable) + -ātus -ate1

Related formscon·fab·u·la·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for confabulate


/ (kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (intr)

to talk together; converse; chat
psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be trueSee also paramnesia
Derived Formsconfabulation, nounconfabulator, nounconfabulatory, adjective

Word Origin for confabulate

C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable

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Word Origin and History for confabulate



1610s, from confabulatus, past participle of Latin confabulari "to converse together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fabulari "to talk, chat," from fabula "a tale" (see fable). Psychiatric sense is from 1924.

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