from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To talk casually; chat.
  • intransitive v. Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak casually with; to chat.
  • v. To confer.
  • v. To fabricate memories in order to fill gaps in one's memory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To talk familiarly together; to chat; to prattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To talk familiarly together; chat; prattle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a conference in order to talk something over
  • v. unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
  • v. talk socially without exchanging too much information


Latin cōnfābulārī, cōnfābulāt- : com-, com- + fābulārī, to talk (from fābula, conversation; see fable).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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