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[guhn-ee-sak] /ˈgʌn iˌsæk/
a sack made of gunny or burlap.
Also called gunny-bag
[guhn-ee-bag] /ˈgʌn iˌbæg/ (Show IPA)
Origin of gunnysack
First recorded in 1860-65; gunny + sack1
Regional variation note
Crocus sack, croker sack, grass sack, and towsack are widely used in the Southern U.S. as synonyms for gunnysack; crocus sack is used especially in the South Atlantic States and croker sack in the Gulf States, while grass sack and towsack are used especially in the South Midland U.S. Barley sack is a Southwestern U.S. term, used especially in California. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Half the gold stolen from the bank is in that gunnysack you have just dug up.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • Now, lift that gunnysack to your saddle and tie it on behind.

    The Sheriff's Son

    William MacLeod Raine
  • A gunnysack, half full of galley coal, was fastened to his feet.

    The Human Drift Jack London
  • The Scarecrow's head was a gunnysack filled with bran, on which the eyes, nose and mouth had been painted.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • They came in last night after dark, after being gone in the interior for three weeks, carrying a gunnysack.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • They ate only half, prudently putting the rest back in the gunnysack for future reference.

  • Over his shoulder hung a gunnysack that bulged with canned goods and a poke of meal.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • gunnysack Oleson, who lives eight miles north of the county line, will show you over the grounds.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • When ready for disarming, spread a burlap or gunnysack across your lap and order the assistant to bring the skunk.

    Practical Skunk Raising William Edwin Pratt
  • Fox dismounted and stood over his captive while the latter transferred the gunnysack and its contents to the other saddle.

    The Sheriff's Son

    William MacLeod Raine

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