- a strong, coarse material made commonly from jute, especially for bags or sacks; burlap.
Origin of gunny
1705–15; < Hindi gonī < Sanskrit: sack, perhaps orig. of hide; cf. gaur
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Examples from the Web for gunny
Forde called Jason Bush “Gunny” and she apparently believed his wild tales about being a star sniper in the Army.Death Sentence for Arizona Child Killer
Terry Greene Sterling
April 7, 2011
He hadn't any overcoat on and his feet and legs were tied up in gunny sacks.Peak and Prairie
Beside him was a gunny sack, tied in the middle and filled at both ends.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
In his left hand was a gunny sack, in his right a formidable six-shooter.
This was the overflow from a gunny sack in which he carried the rest.
The gunny sack about the throat was marked by the blood stains only.The Barrel Mystery
William J. (William James) Flynn
- a coarse hard-wearing fabric usually made from jute and used for sacks, etc
- Also called: gunny sack a sack made from this fabric
C18: from Hindi gōnī, from Sanskrit gonī sack, probably of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for gunny
1711, Anglo-Indian goney "coarse fabric," from Hindi goni, from Sanskrit goni "sack." Gunny sack attested by 1862.
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