[ guhn-ee ]
/ ˈgʌn i /

noun, plural gun·nies.

a strong, coarse material made commonly from jute, especially for bags or sacks; burlap.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gunny

/ (ˈɡʌnɪ) /

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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