- 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 confabulate; from 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 c&omacron;nf&amacron;bul&amacron;r&imacron;, c&omacron;nf&amacron;bul&amacron;t- : com-, com- + f&amacron;bul&amacron;r&imacron;, to talk (from f&amacron;bula, 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".