On this Economist article, the journalist uses the word loth in the following sentence:
(...) they are loth to do this.
Checking the definition online I found: adj. unwilling; reluctant
I get the meaning completely.
- But is this a formal, obscure word?
- Is it used orally (outside of academic or formal circles)?
- What is the tone that it expresses?
I have never come across it and was curious to understand.