from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp, used especially for bags or sacks. See Regional Note at gunnysack.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp.
- n. A gunny sack.
- n. A gunnery sergeant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus Corchorus (C. olitorius and C. capsularis), of India. The fiber is also used in the manufacture of cordage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong coarse sackcloth manufactured chiefly in Bengal from jute, but to some extent also in Bombay and Madras from sunn-hemp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. coarse jute fabric
Maybe half of the boys slept on top of cardboard pieces to keep out the chill of the concrete … and a few also had their legs wrapped up in gunny-sacks that they were using as makeshift sleeping bags.
Surely one of the cheapest and plainest of fibres otherwise known as gunny sacking, or hessian, made from jute...
In India it is used mainly for the manufacture of a coarse textile known as gunny cloth, used as bale-wrappers, and sacks for coffee and rice.
My "gunny" sergeant had given them my name. they made their pitch.
If a wet material, such as gunny sack, is placed over the fish it will cool slightly when no ice is available.
The only difference is, that while in Ceylon the cinnamon, when ready for market, is packed in "gunny" or canvass bags, in Java it is put into boxes, made of wood free from any smell or flavor which would injure the spice.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
His outward vesture appeared to be kind of gunny-sacking, cut and made into a garment that would have made the fortune of a London tailor.
Page 178 box is open at top and bottom, and a packing-cloth, made of what is called "gunny," is placed inside, having cords which pass underneath, and hang over the sides of the box.
Had he been a "gunny" I might agree with you on him simply following orders.
Years ago, there was an old tale in the Marine Corps about a Lieutenant who inspected his men and told the 'gunny' that they smelled bad.