noun, plural gun·nies.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gunny

bag, cloth, sacking, wrapping

Examples from the Web for gunny

Contemporary Examples of gunny

Historical Examples of gunny

  • He hadn't any overcoat on and his feet and legs were tied up in gunny sacks.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • 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.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

  • This was the overflow from a gunny sack in which he carried the rest.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

  • The gunny sack about the throat was marked by the blood stains only.

    The Barrel Mystery

    William J. (William James) Flynn

British Dictionary definitions for gunny


noun plural -nies mainly US

a coarse hard-wearing fabric usually made from jute and used for sacks, etc
Also called: gunny sack a sack made from this fabric

Word Origin for gunny

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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