over·​call ˌō-vər-ˈkȯl How to pronounce overcall (audio)
overcalled; overcalling; overcalls

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
overcall noun

Examples of overcall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web West led a club — East had overcalled — and East played the eight to keep communication. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 8 Aug. 2019 Some would double, and a few brave souls — those who aren’t terrified of being minus 800 — would overcall 1NT. Kathleen Saxe, The Mercury News, 19 July 2019 Your partner overcalls one heart, and the next player passes. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 10 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcall was in 1889

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“Overcall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcall. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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