[ guhn-ee-sak ]
/ ˈgʌn iˌsæk /


a sack made of gunny or burlap.

Origin of gunnysack

First recorded in 1860–65; gunny + sack1
Also called gun·ny-bag [guhn-ee-bag] /ˈgʌn iˌbæg/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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