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 Dictionary entry overview: What does a couple of mean? 

A COUPLE OF (adjective)
  The adjective A COUPLE OF has 1 sense:

1. more than one but indefinitely small in number

  Familiarity information: A COUPLE OF used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

A COUPLE OF (adjective)

Sense 1a couple of [BACK TO TOP]


More than one but indefinitely small in number


a couple of; a few

Context examples:

a few roses / a couple of roses


few (a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by 'a'; a small but indefinite number)

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