Definition 2024


gunny sack

See also: gunnysack


Alternative forms


gunny sack (plural gunny sacks)

  1. A sack made from burlap, used for agricultural produce.
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter XI
      “… Tony, there are some old, empty gunny sacks—the only dry thing on Bogus tonight. … They'll do to make a bed for the baby in the wood-box, …”
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 259:
      life would be a misery, trudging all the way down to Number 7 wharf for a meal ticket, then back up to the other end of the city to collect a gunnysack of food […].