Searching on Google yields nothing about this word's meaning but does yield some quotes in which it is used. I came across it in the following quote:

Why a man would want a wife is a big mystery to some people. Why a man would want two wives is a bigamystery.

No dictionary I own has this word. Every text editor I type this in paints it red.

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    Probably means a bigger mystery based on the context. Nov 28, 2016 at 8:07
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    bigamystery is the way some Italians talk when speaking English. They add a vowel sound after words or syllables that end in certain consonants because Italian doesn't have many words that end in consonants. Consider youtu.be/sFacWGBJ_cs Nov 28, 2016 at 15:35
  • That's an absolutely brilliant pun. Nov 28, 2016 at 18:24
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - And it needs to be noted that it's a punmanteau.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 28, 2016 at 18:57

2 Answers 2


It's a joke. Bigamy means illegally married to more than one person. So

bigamy + mystery = bigamystery

A mystery as to why anyone would want to be in two marriages at once.

  • You beat me to it (didn't see your post until I joined the community)
    – Tensigh
    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:12
  • @Tensigh Only by a minute. Welcome to the site. I do type fairly fast for a sleep-reversed person.
    – deadrat
    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:22
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    Why he would marry once is a 'big mystery', in addition to the answer above 'bigamystery' sounds like 'bigger mystery'.
    – Spagirl
    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:30
  • It should be pointed out that this is a form of pun.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 28, 2016 at 13:02
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    @HotLicks It's within spitting distance of how 'bigger' sounds in most varieties of English. One wife, big mistake, two wives /ˈbɪɡɚ/ mistake.
    – Spagirl
    Nov 28, 2016 at 13:51

It sounds like a play on words: combining "big mystery" with "bigamy". Actually, that's what it sounded like to me when I saw the question listed.

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