Was looking up the meaning of few, couple, several and many and stumbled upon the follow:
a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there. A dinner party, whether for a couple of old friends or eight new acquaintances, takes nearly the same amount of effort. Also, Informal, a couple.
So thus we know a couple is more than two but not many. Then we look up several:
being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it.
So that raises the question, what is few?
not many but more than one: Few artists live luxuriously.
So if many is interpreted as the same in both couple and several. That would mean that couple is 2 or more but not many and several is 2 or more but not more than many - 1. Thus several is less than the idiom "a couple of".
My initial thought was that "a couple of" would mean a small number even possibly 2 or more, but several would maybe overlap and then be larger than "a couple of".
So is this correct, is the range of several actually smaller than couple?