Two is a "couple" and more than two or three is several. If you eat four donuts you can say you had several but you may have had too many — especially if you get a stomach-ache.

Several is a word that shows size or number when you can’t be specific or when you want to summarize. If three, four, or five of you hang out, then you're spending time with several friends. Inviting 30 people over and telling your parents that several friends stopped by would be stretching the truth and you might get grounded. For how many weeks? Possibly several.

Definitions of several
  1. adjective
    (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many
    several letters came in the mail”
    several people were injured in the accident”
    quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity
  2. adjective
    distinct and individual
    “three several times”
    unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
  3. adjective
    considered individually
    “specialists in their several fields”
    synonyms: respective, various
    individual, single
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
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