from ppl. stem of Latin confābulārī, from con- together + fābulārī to talk, chat,
from fābula a tale
1613 - A Table Alphabeticall of English Wordes, Robert Cawdrey;
"Confabulate, to talke together"
From: The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society
Volume the Twenty-Ninth, 1859
Edited by Dr. Norton Shaw
Burton on the Lake Regions of Central Equatorial Africa, etc.
Chapter XV. Cattle, Cultivation, and Caravans in East Africa