intransitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to talk together in an informal way; chat
- Psychol. to fill in gaps in the memory with detailed accounts of fictitious events believed true by the narrator
Origin of confabulatefrom past participle of Classical Latin confabulari, to talk together from com-, together + fabulari, to converse: see fable
intransitive verbcon·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing, con·fab·u·lates
- To talk casually; chat.
- Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.
Origin of confabulateLatin cōnfābulārī cōnfābulāt- com- com- fābulārī to talk ( from fābula conversation ; see fable . )
(third-person singular simple present confabulates, present participle confabulating, simple past and past participle confabulated)
- From Latin confabulari "to talk together", com- "together" + fabulari "to chat" from fabula "fable, tale".