What does the word hoot mean?

Usage examples for hoot

  1. Capital H. An' to- night the ol' man has got the door locked an' he's two games behind an' he's sore as a hoot- owl an' he says that anybody as breaks in on his play is- No, I can't say it; not in the presence of a lady. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  2. At the Maison Maxixe you can pull any kind of romance, stale or recent, and nobody'll care a hoot. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford