gun·​ny·​sack ˈgə-nē-ˌsak How to pronounce gunnysack (audio)
: a sack made of a coarse heavy fabric (such as burlap)

Examples of gunnysack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meat striped from their bones brings $9 a gunnysack to natives. Bob Brister, Field & Stream, 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,, 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, 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, 1 Aug. 2004

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunnysack was in 1799

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“Gunnysack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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gun·​ny·​sack -ˌsak How to pronounce gunnysack (audio)
: a sack made of a coarse heavy fabric (as burlap)

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