confabulate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v confabulate have a conference in order to talk something over "We conferred about a plan of action"
    • v confabulate talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • v confabulate unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Confabulate To talk familiarly together; to chat; to prattle. "I shall not ask Jean Jaques Rousseau
      If birds confabulate or no."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confabulate To talk familiarly together; chat; prattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Confabulate kon-fab′ū-lāt to talk familiarly together: to chat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. confabulatus, p. p. of confabulary, to converse together; con-, + fabulary, to speak, fr. fabula,. See Fable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, together, fabulāri, to talk—fabula, a tale, fable.

Usage

In literature:

A little Kaintucky ammanition might make some echoes 'round dis confabulation.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
Fred confabulating with the duellist!
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
These appeared engaged in an earnest confabulation.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
She thought she heard Dulce's voice in confabulation with the stranger.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Who set up that menagerie confabulation?
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There Susan sat in close confabulation with the Bushman.
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Princess Uriassof began to hold mysterious confabulations with her courier.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
I'll not have sneaking, and confabulations in dark corners.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The committee-men looked up from their confabulations in astonishment.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
Yola had herself told him so; and the confabulation between Jessuron and Chakra confirmed it.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
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