A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp, used especially for bags or sacks. See Regional Note at gunnysack. (noun)
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Use "gunny" in a sentence
"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."