Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp, used especially for bags or sacks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A strong coarse sackcloth manufactured chiefly in Bengal from jute, but to some extent also in Bombay and Madras from sunn-hemp.

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.
  • a sack made of gunny or burlap, used for coarse commodities. In the southern U. S. similar sacks are called crocus sack, croker sack, towsack, and grass sack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp.
  • noun countable A gunny sack.
  • noun countable, informal A gunnery sergeant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun coarse jute fabric

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi goṇī, from Sanskrit, sack, probably feminine of Pali goṇa-, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Hindi and Marathi.

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A shortening of gunnery sergeant

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