—n. 1. a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables. 2. a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable. 3. a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes. 4. legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable. 5. an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable. 6. the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play.
7. idle talk: old wives' fables.
—v.i. 1. to tell or write fables.
2. to speak falsely; lie: to fable about one's past.
—v.t. to describe as if actually so; talk about as if true: She is fabled to be the natural daughter of a king.