- The term is often used in a negative tone to describe the definite unwillingness of the person being volunteered. The speaker certainly did no want to participate but was forced to do so. When the two words are blended, not only is there a negative tone evoked due too the 'told' portion, but an idea of obligatory and fake charity is also implied.
to have someone volunteer you for something you are unwilling to participate in, but then feel obligated to do so
Etymology : Blending of volunteer from Modern French meaning 'one who offers himself for military service' and told (past tense of tell) from Old English meaning 'to reckon, calculate, consider, account' Online Etymology Dictionary
Source : I was voluntold into doing the retreat. Teenage sister (November 26, 2008)
Last modified: 3 December 2008