gun·​ny·​sack | \ ˈgə-nē-ˌsak How to pronounce gunnysack (audio) \

Definition of gunnysack

: a sack made of a coarse heavy fabric (such as burlap)

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Recent Examples on the Web Meat striped from their bones brings $9 a gunnysack to natives. Bob Brister, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Elephants of Chirisa," 12 Nov. 2020 The bass angler tends to be competitive, the saltwater fisherman is always looking for the full gunnysack, or maybe that trophy marlin. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "Sierra fishing trip beckons," 5 Mar. 2018 In 2007, the bodies of Manoj and Babli, lovers from the same village and the same gohtra—believed to be descendants of a common ancestor—were found in gunnysacks dumped in a canal not far from Kakheri. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Maybe We’ll Register Your Marriage After You Walk the Bomb-Sniffing Dog," 22 Dec. 2017 But instead of bagging his finds in bottles and gunnysacks, Venter is capturing their DNA on filter paper and shipping it to be sequenced and analyzed at his headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. James Shreeve, WIRED, "Craig Venter’s Epic Voyage to Redefine the Origin of the Species," 1 Aug. 2004

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First Known Use of gunnysack

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gunnysack

gunny coarse fabric, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Hindi gon sack, Punjabi gūṇī

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“Gunnysack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunnysack

US : a large bag made of rough, heavy cloth (such as burlap)

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