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[guhn-ee] /ˈgʌn i/
noun, plural gunnies.
a strong, coarse material made commonly from jute, especially for bags or sacks; burlap.
Origin of gunny
1705-15; < Hindi gonī < Sanskrit: sack, perhaps orig. of hide; cf. gaur Unabridged
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noun (mainly US) (pl) -nies
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
C18: from Hindi gōnī, from Sanskrit gonī sack, probably of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for gunny

1711, Anglo-Indian goney "coarse fabric," from Hindi goni, from Sanskrit goni "sack." Gunny sack attested by 1862.

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  1. A gunnery sergeant: Whenever you try to explain something, the gunny accuses you of trying to skate (1940s+ Marine Corps)
  2. An armed criminal: Tell us the rest about the two gunnies
  3. A proponent of gun possession: How did gunnies cling so ferociously to beliefs that were completely at odds with majority opinion?/ Or, as gunnies on the Internet chat group rec.guns put it (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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