1.) Greek Mythology. A female monster with a talent for snatching evildoers and dropping them into the seventh ring of hell. A mutant creature with a female face, the body of a bird and sharp naughty talons for days.
2.) A shrewish woman with a bad and scolding temper.
3.) Nickname for a lesbian or muff diver.
1936 The Three Stooges - Ants In The Pantry S3E1
Nickname for a female. "Look here toots..." Is what they use to say to belittle the ladies. Based on the 1850s term, "tootsie" and "tootsy wootsy". The irony is there are more men who employ that moniker than woman!