over·​call | \ˌō-vər-ˈkȯl \
overcalled; overcalling; overcalls

Definition of overcall 

transitive verb

: to make a higher bid than (the previous bid or bidder) in a card game

intransitive verb

: to bid over an opponent's bid in bridge when one's partner has not bid or doubled

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from overcall

overcall \ˈō-​vər-​ˌkȯl \ noun

Examples of overcall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Your partner overcalls one heart, and the next player passes. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: May 10, 2017," 10 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overcall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of overcall

1889, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about overcall

Statistics for overcall

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for overcall

The first known use of overcall was in 1889

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on overcall

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with overcall

Comments on overcall

What made you want to look up overcall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!