Etymology
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modifier (n.)

1580s, "one who or that which modifies," agent noun from modify. Grammatical sense of "word, phrase, or clause which modifies another" is from 1865.

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Definitions of modifier

modifier (n.)
a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb;
Synonyms: qualifier
modifier (n.)
a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising;
modifier (n.)
a person who changes something;
Synonyms: changer
modifier (n.)
a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene;
Synonyms: modifier gene
From wordnet.princeton.edu