[ guhn-ee ]
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noun,plural gun·nies.
  1. a strong, coarse material made commonly from jute, especially for bags or sacks; burlap.

Origin of gunny

1705–15; <Hindi gonī<Sanskrit: sack, perhaps originally of hide; cf. gaur

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How to use gunny in a sentence

  • 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Talked all night about burros, gasoline, & camphor balls which he seemed wanting to buy in gunny sack.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • The bags were huge gunny sacks stuffed with cotton waste which was saturated with oil.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • And I've helped him to a job as warehouse clerk at Samarai when he wore no shirt under his coat, and gunny bags for trousies.

  • Then he was ignominiously "yanked," and either landed high and dry on mother earth or in the ranchman's gunny-sack.

    Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields
  • Then he made his own bed with gunny-sacks, and after smoking a cigarette, turned in and slept well.

    Partners of Chance | Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for gunny


/ (ˈɡʌnɪ) /

nounplural -nies mainly US
  1. a coarse hard-wearing fabric usually made from jute and used for sacks, etc

  2. Also called: gunny sack a sack made from this fabric

Origin of gunny

C18: from Hindi gōnī, from Sanskrit gonī sack, probably of Dravidian origin

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