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

  • n. A casual talk; confabulation.
  • intransitive v. To engage in casual talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak casually with; to chat.
  • n. A casual talk or chat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Familiar talk or conversation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confabulate; chat.
  • n. Familiar talk or conversation; chat.

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

  • v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
  • v. have a conference in order to talk something over
  • n. an informal conversation


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  • Indeed, the Nicaraguan leader recently skipped a SICA meeting entirely, claiming the confab was a sham and had been designed and promoted by the U.S.

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  • The confab is the biggest event of its kind in the United States.

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  • For his part, Curry thinks podcasting's tipping point is likely to be BloggerCon , Dave Winer's blogging confab, which is scheduled for November 6 at Stanford University.

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  • The young ladies were sitting by the emptied hampers, deep in confab.

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  • Raising shot glasses of Prohibition whiskey, the confab was a toast to

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  • In late October, Oprah called a confab in Los Angeles and met with everyone associated with OWN.

  • The confab will be the second meeting between Gonzalez and the AMPTP, two weeks after their first powwow.

  • The two groups of officers held a "confab" outside the stairwell, says Blasenstein, and the city police then offered the two protesters the choice of being arrested or signing a form agreeing to a ban from Smithsonian buildings.

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  • The conference, the meeting, the "confab" under whatever heading it has become a principal instrument of evasion, diversion, digression and retreat in modern life, a much more profligately used device than its well-born cousin the Blue Ribbon Panel.

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  • Should they wait until the Democratic convention to cast their votes or should they meet earlier in some kind of confab to get this thing over with earlier?

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  • You could see these two roaming about all day long with their heads close together in an everlasting confab. --Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

    March 9, 2011

  • an informal conversation, especially for the purpose of problem solving; short for confabulation. Let's have a confab!

    July 26, 2007