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[guhn-ee-sak] /ˈgʌn iˌsæk/
a sack made of gunny or burlap.
Also called gunny-bag
[guhn-ee-bag] /ˈgʌn iˌbæg/ (Show IPA)
Origin of gunnysack
1860-65; gunny + sack1
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gunnysack
  • The burly body remains respectably taut, a gunnysack full of cantaloupes and cannonballs.
  • When laid flat, each gunnysack must be no larger than two feet by three feet.
  • After he's exchanged the water, he ties a gunnysack around the top of each can.
  • Once found, each rabbit was put in a gunnysack or box and ferried to bunny mounds and other high ground.
  • By spring the whole family was wearing gunnysack shoes.
  • So saying, he opened a gunnysack and drew out the head of a mastiff.

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