Definition of overcall in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈkôl/ /ˌoʊvərˈkɔl/ /ˈōvərˌkôl/ /ˈoʊvərˌkɔl/

intransitive verb

[no object]Bridge
  • Make a higher bid than an opponent's bid.

    ‘at my table West had overcalled in diamonds’
    • ‘after North had overcalled two diamonds, East jumped to four spades’
    • ‘It can only be overcalled by the dealer also offering also to ‘shoot the moon‘.’
    • ‘A bid can only be overcalled by calling a lower card of the same suit as the original bid.’
    • ‘If someone offers to declare, a later player may overcall by offering to reveal, in which case the first may raise his call to a revelation.’
    • ‘This means that there is no advantage in bidding solo 9, 10, 11 or 12 except to overcall another bidder.’
    • ‘It is also possible to overcall a contract with a similar contract in which hearts are trumps.’


  • An act or instance of making an overcall.

    • ‘an overcall of two no trumps alerts partner to the good news’